November’s Indoor Imitation – Amaryllis 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.
I felt the need for more flowers today. It’s something I want to practice as I find composition difficult with flowers. Although there wasn’t much I could find that blooms in November outside that inspired me so I’ve gone for an indoor imitation. I’ve never had much luck with growing amaryllis myself but both my mother and my mother-in-law have grown some beautiful ones in the past. Such a lovely way to brighten up the house on dark winter days.
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|