Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove, Dorset, Original Silk Painting. Mounted to fit frame size 60 x 80 cm.
I first visited Stair Hole on a university field trip to Lulworth Cove study the geology. I think then, I was so bowled over by the strata of the ‘Lulworth Crumple’ that I probably didn’t notice the beautiful wildflowers but what strikes me when I visit a beautiful place like the Jurassic Coast now is not just the big stunning views but the tiny beauty of some of the coastal flora and fauna. So I wanted to create a series of paintings that captured both. How much we take for granted…..
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.