Inspiration, ideas, process & progress… the making of ‘Ipswich Blue’
The idea for ‘Ipswich Blue’ was sown on the Harwich/Hoek ferry, on one of our trips to Holland back in October. The call for artists to submit designs for Ipswich’s Pigs Gone Wild trail had recently been announced and I already had a few ideas in mind. Passing the time & perusing the on board shop I came across the usual selection of porcelain Delft inspired souvenirs and suddenly had that light bulb moment – wouldn’t it be great to create a life sized Delft pig.
The design which features local Ipswich scenes painted in the style of Delft pottery is meant to represent the historical links between East Anglia & the Netherlands. It also has personal meaning to me as I was born in the Netherlands and lived there for 17 years. I now call Norfolk home but Holland is still very close to my heart, so I was thrilled when I heard my design had been sponsored and I would have the opportunity to paint it.
I took inspiration from Delftware and the use of landscapes surrounded by decorative floral borders.
When choosing what scenes to paint I initially chose Southwold for one side as it is an iconic Suffolk seaside town. I wasn’t sure what to put on the other side put wanted a local Ipswich scene. Keeping with the Dutch theme I chose a waterfront image. I toyed with the a river Orwell scene but in the end opted for The Old Customs House as I thought it would be instantly recognisable. At the time little did I know Associated British Ports would be one of the sponsors. Once I’d heard the great news that they had chosen my design I met with them to discuss a more appropriate design to replace Southwold. We opted for for an image featuring Ipswich docks with the Orwell bridge in the background.
Below is selection of early sketches and doodles; a couple of close ups of the final design and a video insight into the painting process.
You will be able to find ‘Ipswich Blue’ along with another 38 large and 30 smaller school pigs on the Wild in Art trail throughout the summer, from 27th June to the 2nd of September. The pigs will then be auctioned off to raise funds for the project organisers St Elizabeth Hospice. For further information about the trail visit pigsgonewild.co.uk