October’s Cornish Dreams – The Loe, Porthlevan


October’s Cornish Dreams original silk painting by Stephanie Gay


October’s Cornish Dreams – The Loe, Porthlevan 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.

For half term in October 2015 we took a trip down to Porthleven on the Southern Cornish coast. We stayed in a lovely cottage right on the seafront and were blessed with great weather. Quite out of character for me I was motivated to keep up my running training and ran around the edge of ‘The Loe’ Cornwall’s largest freshwater lake which is separated from the sea by the shingle bank of Loe Bar. I got hopelessly lost but was rewarded by this wonderful view of The Loe and the hills beyond. I loved Porthleven and am definitely dreaming of a Cornish October 2016…..

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


Framed Original Silk Painting, Mounted Original Silk Painting, Mounted Limited Edition Print


30 x 30 cm, 20 x 20 cm