Green Woodpecker 4 was painted for the Art6 group topic of ‘green’ and of course my mind turned to one of my favourite subjects – birds. The green woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain and that you are likely to see in your garden. They love to eat ants and can often be seen poking their beaks into ants nests in your lawn – a great friend to have if you enjoy walking barefoot in the garden! I just love their spectacular plumage.
The original painting will come mounted on a painted frame with rose gold leaf applied- size 15 x 15 cm
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 mounted in white with backing board and wrapped in biodegradable cellophane. The following sizes are available for this painting:
|Size||Mount Size (frame size required)||Actual Image Size|
|20 x 20 cm||20 x 20 cm||14 x 14 cm|
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.