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Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

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.

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  1. Love this still life. You really did a fantastic job capturing the iridescence feel of the jar and the cloth on the table is beautifully done. Great job as usual!

  2. Your Roman glass series is wonderful! I love the way you've captured the shimmer of the vessel and repeated some of the those colors in the cloth. Beautiful work! :o)


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