Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Ancient Roman Vessel with Orchids
Ancient Roman Vessel with Orchids.
6x6in oil on canvas board 85.
This piece is a gem. Roman 3rd Century AD.
The burial conditions causes alkali to leach out and leave the layers with a beautiful iridescence. This is what attracts me to these amazing old vessels. This piece is a pale blue green with solid aqua base, handle and bands. The body is lovely, although slightly misshaped, with green, pink, mauve and yellow areas.
Did you know that glass blowing started back in the 1st Century AD? Before that it was limited to core-forming and casting. Once the glass blowing began it became more affordable and popular, becoming part of everyday life.
I know about the glass, but I have no idea what type of orchid this is. Tiny flowers with spotted finger shapes. Rather funky and that is why I like it.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.