Dragons , Monsters and Angels – a Ceramics Exhibition Review
Dragons , Monsters and Angels
We went a couple of times to our local stately home Cannon Hall http://www.cannon-hall.com to look at the “Mythical Creatures” display, taken from their famous ceramics collection.
It was really very impressive and I felt quite inspired by the fascinating dragon vase and the plate upstairs in the gallery produced by the famous Victorian designer William de Morgan who married Evelyn , whose family lived in Cannon Hall. ( She is , of course a famous artist in her own right ). This particularly caught my eye as it was a medieval depiction of a dragon, looking like a huge worm or serpent, with no wings. So I painted my own version, first in watercolour [ see above] and then acrylic.
I modelled my acrylic painting on this style of imaginary beast – it still took me a while to figure out how to make the body look realistic without the wings.
I had a great time sketching the ceramic bust of the Greek god Pan that was also displayed upstairs. The porcelain piece was very delicately coloured – the flesh was quite convincing ! I enjoyed the challenge of drawing his crown of leaves, pointed ears and horns.
Back downstairs, you could see all the mythical creatures you could think of – and a few you never would have thought of – fairies, gods, dragons, angels, unicorns, sphinxes and other strange hybrids of human and animal origin. I was even inspired to paint my own angel this Christmas. To see more angels, look at my December post ‘Nearly Christmas ‘
This is a real treasure house of plates, sculpture, vases and tableware. I’m looking forward to the next display that the curators will, no doubt, put together.
The image above with the imaginary beasts is from a sketchbook kept by one of the residents of Cannon Hall in the past.
There was loads of inspiration for creative work, if only I had the time ! I hope you enjoyed my little exhibition review .