Ibis in the Iris, Original Silk Painting. Mounted to fit frame size 40 x 50 cm.
Framed painting is available to buy from my studio and gallery in Wrington, Somerset for £195
The Scarlet Ibis inhabits swamps, mudflats and shallow bays in South America and the Caribbean. In fact it is the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago, featuring on its coat of arms. So I’m not sure how likely one is to actually find an Ibis in amongst the Iris but I just liked the idea and this is the result. Hope you like it!
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.
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.