Too Hot to Handle – Red Hot Pokers Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints
I’ve always loved the architectural quality of Red Hot Pokers and the lovely graduation of colour on each petal. I’ve never had any luck in growing them though – maybe they just don’t like the soil in Maidenhead. It did take a very long time to do the colour graduation on each petal – hope you feel it’s worth 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.
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. Each print comes mounted in white and packed with a backing board in biodegradable cellophane. It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. The following size prints are available:
|Size||Mount Size (frame size required)||Actual Image Size|
|40 x 50 cm||40 x 50 cm||39 x 26 cm|
|8 x 10 inch||8 x 10 inch||12.7 x 19 cm|