10in x 13in, watercolor on paper, Private Collection
This watercolor was painted as a tip of the hat to the old masters of the Italian Renaissance, a time when artists decorated tin-glazed pottery with historical and legendary scenes and stories. This style of painting gradually evolved through the centuries into a decorative luxury market in Italy and England.
Majolica pottery has always enchanted me with its bright colors and luscious themes. Whether authentic majolica, or replica, the painted surfaces please.
The vitality of roses en masse is striking; unfurling beauty through the stages of their short lives.
Rendering the two subjects through paint was delightful!