Priddy Mineries, Mendips, Original Silk Painting. Mounted to fit frame 70 x 70 cm.
One of mine and my husband’s favourite walks from the time when we were young and in love (aahh!) is up at Priddy Mineries. So I’ve had it in my mind to paint this view for a very long time. Priddy Mineries is a nature reserve 1.5 miles east of the village of Priddy in the heart of the Mendips. The site was worked for lead for many centuries, probably 2000 years until 1908, and the earlier workings were obliterated by those of the Victorians which left a legacy of pools, mounds and spoil heaps. This provides a wonderful habitat for many species of wildlife, especially dragon flies of which over 20 species have been recorded on site. I just love the wonderful colours afforded by the different plants and the interesting tree shapes.
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 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.