February’s Noisy Woodpecker

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February’s Noisy Woodpecker original silk painting by Stephanie Gay

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February’s Noisy Woodpecker Original Silk Painting and Limited Edition Prints

This painting was for my twelve days of Christmas project in 2015. Each day I looked ahead to the months of the next year.

February is the time when the greater spotted woodpeckers start to announce their presence and find a mate by drumming, usually on dead and resonant timber. We had local resident a few years ago who discovered that he could sound altogether more impressive by drumming on our TV aerial. It certainly got our attention but I hope he didn’t end up with the most awful headache…..

As you can tell birds are a favourite subject matter for me but it won’t be all birds this time, I promise!

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. The number of prints is limited to 100. The following sizes are available:

Size Mount Size (frame size required) Actual Image Size
30 x 30 cm 30 x 30 cm 19 x 19 cm
20 x 20 cm 20 x 20 cm 14 x 14 cm

Additional information

Type

Framed Original Silk Painting, Mounted Limited Edition Print

Size

30 x 30 cm, 20 x 20 cm