Thursday, September 07, 2006

Sicily Pots

sicily pots
Originally uploaded by linfrye.
While visiting Sicily last year, my husband and I visted the Ceramics Museum in Caltagirone. We were fascinated with all the varieties of pots, the long history of ceramics in this region, and the beauty of all these containers.

These two were sketched from two photographs. There weren't any shadows on the photos and the apparent light on this image is simply from the scan.

What I love most about these are the unusual shape. The challenge in sketching these was mixing the right color! The sublte pinks, blues, and ochres were a fun exercise ... and I learned a lot! The colors here are pretty close to the original photo.


Teri C said...

Oh wow, these are really different! Beautifully done Lin. Isn't it neat when we paint something and then we can know that we learned also. Hmm, do we ever get beyone the learning stage?? Hope not-learning is so fun.

Laura said...

Wonderful sketches--I love those old terracotta olive jars, etc, too!

Alison said...

Amazing - they look like insect bodies

Penny said...

Wonderful Lin, I guess they are amphora, modern or ancient?

Lin said...

Penny -- Here's a definition of amphora -- I think you're right:

am·pho·ra (ăm'fər-ə) pronunciation
n., pl. -pho·rae (-fə-rē') or -pho·ras.

A two-handled jar with a narrow neck used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to carry wine or oil.