A Little Bird Told Me – Orange Orioles and Cactus


A Little Bird Told Me – Orioles and Cactus


A Little Bird Told Me – Orange Orioles and Cactus Original Silk Painting and Limited Edition Prints

I just love the bright orange of these orange orioles with the deep blue sky and the sculptural green cactus. These guys are definitely having an interesting chat, I wonder what secrets they are sharing…

My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.

The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.

You can see a time lapse video of me painting here.

A Limited Edition Print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. Each print will come mounted in white and packed with a backing board in biodegradable cellophane. The number of prints is limited to 100. The following sizes are available:

 Size Mount Size (frame size required) Actual Image Size
40 x 50 cm 40 x 50 cm 39 x 24.4 cm
8 x 10 inch 8 x 10 inch 11.9 x 19 cm



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Framed Original Silk Painting, Mounted Original Silk Painting, Mounted Limited Edition Print


8 x 10 inch, 40 x 50 cm, 70 x 100 cm