Lark and Stormy, Original Silk Painting. Mounted to fit frame size 30 x 30 cm.
Continuing my cocktail inspired series. I’ve tried a dark and stormy on holiday and the combination of dark rum and ginger ale wasn’t for me but I think this crested lark is a great addition to the exotic look 🙂
The crested lark can be distinguished from the other 81 species of lark by the crest of feathers that rise up in territorial or courtship displays and when singing. Although common in mainland Europe, they aren’t often seen in the UK – what a shame!
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.