Monday, 13 September 2010

A Favourite Teapot



A view looking down on my favourite teapot for Everyday matters 290.
I drew an old silver teapot a few weeks ago, so  just to change perspective I thought I would do this one from above.  I have a small collection of old teapots, sugar bowls etc,  I don't mind if they're a little worn and they definately don't match, although there does seem to be a general theme of roses !

While I was drawing the teapot I was listening to a radio programme about people's experiences in the Blitz, personal accounts and diaries of bravery and sadness, now when I look at this drawing I  think of those people.  Often I find that a drawing or painting soaks up thoughts and feelings, or a sketch brings back sounds and smells.  Does this happen to you too?

21 comments:

Katherine Thomas said...

What a unique view of the teapot. It's beautiful from that angle! I always associate what I was watching on TV, or the time of year, or where I was sitting, with my finished artwork! Even years later, when I look at a piece, I remember exactly what was going on when I was working on it. That
s interesting!

nanke's stuff said...

It's lovely! And yes, I also find that my drawings can evoke memories of what was going on around me, what I was feeling, and even random thoughts at the time I did it. nancy

Alex said...

THAT's one unique and beautiful teapot, and you've rendered it excellently! I like how you completed the package along with a nice and elegant background too... I am always too 'lazy' to do backgrounds ^^ teehee

Barbara said...

Such an unusual perspective, but it works! Like the detail you added to the fabric too....

frayedattheedge said...

I sometimes look at something I have knitted and remember where and when - like the socks I knitted when we were in the Algarve, which matched the colour of the countryside, so now when I wear them, they are a reminder of a lovely holiday!! I love your teapot - the different angle just adds a little extra something!

Peachtreeart said...

Not many things are interesting looking directly down at it, but this teapot is very interesting!

Elizabeth said...

I love this piece, especially because I collect teapots! The POV is very creative.

I agree with you- paintings/drawings *do* act like sponges. I can look back at anything I've done and I remember everything around me: the song on the radio, the tv show, the people walking by, the feelings I had at the time. It's amazing how well they hold the memories for us.

Jen said...

That is absolutely beautiful. Yes I think creating transports and allows you time to remember.

alissa4102 said...

Beautiful drawing - the point of view is so very different for a tea pot - but even from this viewpoint you have given it a lot of character with the colour and tone

Genine said...

beautiful, love the creases in the fabric

Janene said...

The perspective on this is great. You gave the teapot just a slight tilt so it has depth too. I remember the the sights, sounds, and smells when I look at my old sketches, especially those done outside.

raena said...

Most definitely happens to me! Every thing that was going on around me comes back...television shows, people's comments, the temperature even. Seems like words aren't even necessary! (unless of course, you'd like someone else to know what was happening!)

Love the point of view you chose with this!

Anna Wolf said...

Lovely drawing! It was a really interesting angle, wish I had the imagination to come up with something unusual sometimes... :)

Deborah said...

Beautiful amazing use of cp!

Joan said...

Not only do I love the POV, but also the background, the ridges in the fabric are rendered perfectly, and this particular shade of yellow is one of my faves.

I have to ask: If you're from the UK, how is it you'reliving in Sicily?
My step-father was from the little village of San DeVito, do you know of it?

Cathy Holtom said...

Joan - I know a village called San Vito lo Capo, one of the most beautiful places in Sicily? If you would like to know more let me know. I ended up here because I married a Sicilian!

Thank you everybody for the kind comments, always very much appreciated :)

debra morris said...

Great teapot Cathy...love the view(I listen to the radio when sketching too)

travelingsuep said...

Amazing choice of viewpoint, fabulously done.

btw I was in Calabria Jan 09 never again - I nearly died of cold as it took my flat a week to warm up from sub-zero.

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Cathy, I like the point of view you've chosen; different with interesting shapes! The colors are wonderful and the little folds in the cloth add a lovely rhythm! I like this teapot!

Lesley Purcell said...

Another gorgeous drawing and from a great perspective! Pictures always remind me of other things that were going on at the time - smells, music I was listening to, that kind if thing.
Great that you were drawing a teapot whils you were listening to the Blitz stories.... In a former job I was a specialist archivist in a WWII archive and nearly every veteran / old boy or girl who came to talk about the Blitz would always (and I mean always) mention having a cup of tea - even after having dealt with the most horrendous circumstances, they always had a pot of tea! It's not even a cliche for us Brits is it? I think it's genetic!!

Cathy Holtom said...

You are right Lesley, I associate a teapot with the Blitz too, I have heard people say the same thing about a cuppa in those times.

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