Hong Kong Inspiration

Living in Hong Kong for two decades led to numerous creative discoveries that inspired Jean’s artwork. A favourite arts and crafts style was the Chinese blue and white batik textile designs that still fill our house as soft furnishings. Here’s an example of Jean’s batik patterns in a cushion-filled painting (and beloved dog). Angel on…

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Colour Theory: Interview with Jean

Right after graduating from the College of Art of Portsmouth, Jean worked as a window display artist and she taught a class about Colour Theory at the College of Art night school. Water Ducks by Jean Tori 1984 Anthinula: What is Colour Theory? JEAN: It’s about how combining colours has an effect on our visual…

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Teapots and Bamboo

This is the design story of one of Jean’s paintings for our “The Wizards and the Whale” children’s book. Jean has always been inspired by the Asian designed cranes, especially those found in Japanese woodblock prints and paintings, in Korean folk art, and the cranes in many Chinese screens. Here is a decorative Japanese crane…

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Ceramics and Art

When Jean first arrived in Umbria back in the late 90s she discovered many regional artisans and craft traditions. Deruta is a town south of Perugia that specialises in ceramic wares. Jean often visited a well-known potter, Ubaldo Grazia at Grazia Maioliche (http://www.ubaldograzia.com), who suggested that they paint one of her paintings onto a plate.…

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Design and Colour – The Perfect Combination

Purple Teapot and Red Sun by artist Jean Tori

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” wrote the insightful author, Annie Dillard. We think that goes well with how we use colour in our every day lives. How we choose colour represents how we surround ourselves with artwork and objects and designs. Colour Theory helps us combine the right colours,…

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Painted Walls

I should be painting pictures, but I’m procrastinating and I’m painting walls. I’m not even painting the walls in a deep red or a marine blue, it’s just plain white. My whole art studio needs a good paint, but for now I’m just painting one wall white. Sometimes you have to be surrounded by white…

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Black and White Teapots

Before the colours overtake us and give us good Spring satisfaction, here are some black and white teapots I drew a few years ago. Occasionally, I draw with a black felt pen on my handmade mulberry paper or on paper from Amalfi. The subject matter is always teapots or fish or both. When I don’t…

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Bamboo

Spring has arrived and, as the greens emerge from the woods and fields, I notice that the bamboo is evergreen. Bamboo has always been a part of my artwork and after being happily surrounded by it in Hong Kong, I immediately planted it in my Umbrian garden. Bamboo artwork. Bamboo pop up card? This was…

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The Versatility of Blue

When I was in England I gave my host a painting of a teapot. She doesn’t like blues very much, which for me is an impossibility because I love all blues. In the painting there was a touch of blue and as she saw it, fortunately she said, “I like it, it’s a Jean Tori…

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