Friday, May 27, 2016

The Undisputed Queen of Roses
 You don't have to be an art historian to instantly recognize the work of Catharina Klein.  Born in 1861 in East Prussia, Ms. Klein has been as recognized as the premier still life and nature artist of her era.
For 30 years Ms. Klein painted for the Meisner & Buch advertising company.  Roses are the subject of over 350 of her paintings.

Ms. Klein's paintings have been featured on millions of postcards, posters, calendars and in print but, sadly, few of her original works survived WWI and WWII. 
 Click here to view a short video featuring many of Catharina Klein's paintings.  The undisputed Queen of Roses, she truly is a painter to emulate.
MASSIVE  (REPEATED)  APOLOGIES for the lengthy delay in posting to the site.  My husband, Bob, is in treatment for Stage IV Lymphoma and I have been so occupied with his treatment and recovery that I have neglected our china painting website.

It feels good to be posting and I promise to make a concerted effort to stay better connected.  

I'm constructing additional tabs to this site - one in particular will appeal to most of us:  a Classified page for us to advertise china painting supplies, equipment, and finished pieces for sale!  I'll let you know when it's ready to receive ads and instructions on how to send them to this site.

Again, please accept my sincerest apology for neglecting the site.  You painters are the most understanding and kind-hearted friends anyone could have! 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Welcome, March!

Winter is almost over and North Alabama china painters are eager to start new and interesting projects.  

The Decatur Porcelain Artists Guild will meet on Thursday, March 10, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Hobby Lobby on the Beltline (303 Beltline Place, Decatur, AL.)

Elaine Beard is providing the program, a paint-along featuring a 'fish and crazy cat.'  The meeting will be a great time for members to create their mugs/cups for cancer patients.  Below is the supply list.

Supplies for 1st Fire:
2 coffee mugs or tiles
tile for mixing paint
small spray bottle for spritzing
2½" or 5/8" square shaders
small bottle of water and bar soap for cleaning brush
regular brush cleaner
10/0 liner
water base medium
wipe out tool
stylus or pick to remove contact paper
dark blue dry powder paint
teal blue paint mixed with open medium (any blue/green will be fine)
moss green mixed with open medium
black mixed with open medium
black dry powder to mix with water base medium
Stabilo pencil to freehand the cat face (or use graphite paper to trace cat face)
Elaine has contact paper, patterns and alcohol to share.  Fire at .017 or .016.

Supplies for 2nd fire:
Fish mug: black dot for eye or any other details with water base paint.  When dry, paint fish with oil-based paints the colors you desire (suggestion: mostly yellow red with chartreuse for bellies.  Wipe out fins and gills.)  Using straws of different sizes to dip into base for gold and make bubbles rising to the surface.  Fire at .017.
Cat:  paint eye with oil-base chartreuse, shaded.  Fire at .017.

The Huntsville Porcelain Artists Club is gearing up to kick off Spring at their March meeting.  The group will gather at the Huntsville Senior Center on Drake Avenue on March 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Diane Williams will conduct a paint-along demo featuring bookmarks painted with china paints to look like watercolors.  Members are asked to bring their paints and brushes and Diane will furnish watercolor paper, patterns and sealer to make the bookmarks waterproof.  These are great gift ideas.

Members of the Decatur club and the Huntsville club are encouraged to invite guests to the meetings.  Let's spread the joys of china painting!

Friday, February 19, 2016

MASSIVE apologies for my lengthy absence.  Due to some 'sudden surgery' I've been unable to post recent activities of North Alabama china painters.  My successful recovery will ensure regular future posts.

A lot has happened in the last few weeks including busy monthly meetings of the Huntsville and Decatur porcelain artists' clubs.

The Huntsville group held their annual Silent Auction on February 12th.  Beautiful pieces and supplies were sold and Dora Benevides, club Treasurer, declared the event a great success.

Members were reminded to work on their Challenge Piece for the April meeting.  The subject: butterflies or dragonflies.
Anna Skonieczny recently emailed Minutes from the Decatur Porcelain Artist Guild's February meeting to the members.  The featured artist was Kitty Ludolf who gave an informative demonstration on how watercolor relates to porcelain art.  

Elaine Beard will conduct a 'paint along' at the March meeting.  Members were urged to use this demonstration to work on their mugs/cups for cancer patients.  Anna's message to the Decatur club members included a schedule of future monthly programs and a reminder of annual dues.
On a completely different note, I'd like to share with you some photos of two pieces I bought at a local thrift shop.  I don't know if the artists, Lorene Clemons and L. Bingham, are still in our area but I'd love for them to know that their beautiful hand painted pieces have found a home in my collection.

I included an ink pen in the photo, above, for scale.

It's hard to believe that these daisies
were painted 46 years old.

This precious dogwood blossom was painted in 1977:
Preserving our china painting heritage is very important.  Consider purchasing hand painted pieces when you run across in local shops.  Please forward photos of the treasures you discover and I will be proud to post them on this site.  My email address is

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lydia Smith painted the tiger, below, at
Darlene Cooley-Williams' recent seminar.
Grrrrreat job!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Anna Marie Skonieczny attended Darlene Cooley-Williams' recent seminar sponsored by the Decatur Porcelain Arts Guild and painted this beautiful horse:
The name of the horse is Deevine.  It took 5 firings to achieve the final painting.

China painters, share your pieces with us.  Send photos to

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Elaine Beard recently painted her furry best friend, Greta the Schnauzer:

Elaine also painted a portrait of her beautiful granddaughter, Mary Kate:
Wonderful paintings, Elaine, as well as memorable heirlooms.