Chew Valley Lake From Black Down, Mendips, Original Silk Painting. Mounted to fit frame 50 x 50 cm.
If you park in the layby at the top of Burrington Combe, just across the road there is a great track that leads up on to the top of Black Down. Black Down is the highest point in the Mendip Hills and on a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views from the coast across to Blagdon and Chew Valley lakes. It was a blustery and showery day when I went up and I loved the patches of light which scudded across the hills in the background.
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 signed giclee prints is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made.