Common Sunshine Conebush



Common Sunshine Conebush, Botanical Painting Hand Painted on Silk and Signed Giclee Prints

This painting is part of my botanical painting series. The painting was inspired by a visit to the National Botanical Garden of Wales near Carmarthen. The Common Sunshine Conebush (scientific name Leucadendron Salignum) reaches a height of up to 2 metres. It is the most common Proteaceae species in South Africa. Pollinated by beetles, it flowers from April to November. The winged seeds remain in the woody cones until they are released after a fire, and are distributed by the wind.

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.

The original painting will come mounted on a black painted frame – size 8 inch x 8 inch

A signed giclee print 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. Signed giclee prints are supplied with a backing board and wrapped in biodegradable cellophane. The following sizes are available for this painting:

Size Paper Size Actual Image Size
Small 21 x 21 cm 19 x 19 cm

Additional information


Framed Original Silk Painting, Unmounted Signed Giclee Print


8 x 8 inch, Small

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