The Small Italian (Greyhound)


The Small Italian (Greyhound)


The Small Italian (Greyhound), Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints

My neighbour Ingrid who runs the Dunleavy vineyard has the most gorgeous Italian greyhound called Fly (although Ingrid refers to him as the small Italian). Before I met Fly, I had never come across an Italian greyhound before. He is tiny – smaller than my miniature poodle Frankie and super cute. I just couldn’t resist painting him. Also known as Italian Sighthounds, the Italian greyhound has apparently always been popular with royalty. So elegant and regal, I can understand why.

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.

The original painting will come mounted to fit a 40 x 50 cm frame. The actual image size is 30 x 40 cm. Framed is not included.

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. Signed giclee prints are supplied mounted ready for you to frame. The following sizes are available for this painting:

 Size Mount Size (frame size required) Actual Image Size
40 x 50 cm 40 x 50 cm 39 x 29.2 cm
8 x 10 inch 8 x 10 inch 14.2 x 19 cm

Additional information


Framed Original Silk Painting, Mounted Original Silk Painting, Mounted Signed Giclee Print


40 x 50 cm, 8 x 10 inch

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