Monday, 18 January 2010

Blue and White

When Alice posted about her beautiful Hyacinth bowl I was reminded of something I did years ago when I used to do silk painting. The Blue and White China company where Alice's bowl came from are fairly local to me and I know Andrew and Olwyn who own the company. Several years ago I was commissioned to paint a tie in the Blue Italian style for Andrew's 50th birthday

It took me several attempts, I ruined numerous ties in the process and it ended up costing me more money than I charged... but I was quite pleased with the end result. However... I no longer try to earn my living by silk painting!

15 comments:

  1. "Been there", "read the book" re not charging enough. He did, however, get a wonderful "conversational piece" though, didn't he? It looks really rather beautiful in the picture.

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  2. Oh Gina you clever clogs you. That really is very beautiful.

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  3. Oh Gina, that is wonderful I bet he was delighted with it ..love Jan xx

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  4. Blimney, that's stunning. Is there no end to your talents, Gina? It's just as well I already know you're lovely or I'd be green with envy :-)

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  5. You did an excellent job gina, it's a beautiful tie and I hope he enjoyed wearing it, or maybe kept it fo rbest?

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  6. The tie is beautiful and the perfect gift for the owner of the Blue and White China Company. I think many of us could look back on a commission and think 'I didn't charge enough for that'. It's so difficult to price one's own work.

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  7. That really is a beautiful tie. I hope you feel very proud of your achievement I'm sure Andrew did when he wore it.A Ferrari original!

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  8. what a beautiful tie - clever you!

    xxx

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  9. Too bad it took so many tries but it is simply gorgeous!

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  10. Oh that tie is lovely I adore blue & white china - it reminds me of my childhood as it was on the dresser at home never used of course!!

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  11. It's beautiful Gina! I don't think silk painting caught on here quite like it did in Europe. My sister's German MIL does some pretty silk painting and a few years ago I tried to find supplies here and wasn't very successful. It's something that I always thought would be fun. I love your pretty blue and white!

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  12. That tie is incredible Gina! Too nice to be worn really!!!

    Lucy xxx

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  13. Gosh you are so clever that tie is fantastic and in my favourite blue & white transferware. I have been to Andrew & Olwyn's place and bought some of my first pieces from them over 10 years ago. Haven't been for ages since I discovered Ebay and auction rooms myself which is where most of my collection comes from. I collect B & W vintage children's china too and will have to do a post myself about it one day.

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