I have been busy lately, with commissioned works. Earlier in the week I posted, to the Hilton Hotel gift shop in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 10 of my my handpainted sets….silk scarf with matching brooch which enable the wearer many styling options. Most of the brooches were my preferred landscape impressions but on two I painted images inspired by the colourful fish of the Great Barrier Reef.
Today I also completed another scarf (no brooch) on which I have been working as a sample requested by Griffith University, again in Queensland. The scarves they are considering are to have Queensland native flowers on them and the suggestion was the Waratah on a sample item. Ready to mail tomorrow.
A third commission completed is a blue wren on silk. What a novel idea from the couple asking for this as a special silk anniversary gift.
I have been very busy in the studio creating for our busy tourist season. At a wonderful venture initiated by a local Council, Burnie Makers Workshop, I am fortunate to have been selected as a participating artist. I am there as a watercolourist and silk painter. We “Makers” give our time, on a rostered basis, to sit and demonstrate our art/craft to visitors and to chat with them. Cruise ship visit days are especially busy. I do love it.
There is an associated shop and we are able to leave some items for sale in the gift shop area and on the days we attend we can bring in, and set up, a bigger display. I usually demonstrate painting on silk, small paintings which I later put into cards, frames or various jewellery settings.
People who are unfamiliar with silk painting enjoy seeing a different art medium being used and those familiar with silk painting are often intrigued with my preference for a watercolour technique using no resist or antidiffusant of any type. I love the flow of the dyes and the serendipitous aspect of the way the paintings evolve. No two are ever the same. I had been painting for days at MW when it was time to post my final artists’ challenge day so silk painting was a natural choice.
Tulip scarf and matching scarf brooch/pin. painted for the Tulip Festival in NW Tasmania (Wynyard) 2013
Free Sopirits…. poppies are my favourite flower to apint on silk. Watercolour technique, allowing free movement of dyes but careful brush selection.
silk pendant. Watercolour technique original miniature painting, bonded to 50mm clear glass dome cabochon. Wearable art.
I have been scanning and coding my silk pendants to send to a gallery for selection of ones to purchase at wholesale price. Each is in a good quality finely made gold setting with the silk stretched over a domed metal insert. The original watercolour style paintings on silk are individually painted so each is an original artwork in miniature. I do not use anything to restrict the flow of the dyes as I love the serendipitous effect of watercolour technique. The finished paintings are fixed, then after mounting are treated with a uv and stain resistant finish.
Art for relaxation and meditation… it does not get better than painting on silk.
WORKING SMALL ON SILK is a short introduction to the freedom of painting on silk for relaxation and meditation.
We will work on little images…. abstracted and/or more realistic. Just letting the colours flow, working with varying amounts of water, creating texture with salt, “building” a little landscape …..
and, if you like,making one of your works into a brooch (like the children in the previous post …. Kids for a creative future workshop).
Saturday 24 th August 10a.m. till 12.30 pm
Materials supplied $30
Forth Art Studio
I had a lovely day at the Makers today. I thought it would be a bit flat as I was the only artist in. But it was wonderful. Donna let me spread my stuff (oh, I mean art creations) out over the whole area which made it look more “inhabited”. I must admit that it did look better than the usual crowding onto one table. And then there were quite a few people in… a number interested in watching my technique of watercolour style on silk without using any of the flow resistant methods… and my reasons for preferring to work in this (difficult) manner. Good discussions particularly with a fashion lady (French Pony) and a web building whizz (Ian) who gave me lots of hints re online and some young children . Thanks all. Fingers crossed tomorrow will be as rewarding…. remember handmade for Mothers day… if you can’t make your own gift, the next best is to buy unique, one off, handmade item. And I don’t mean merely bits bought on-line and glued together. All my works are handpainted individuals… no reproductions. And especially with the silk it is not possible to repeat a work because of the way I prefer to paint.
These works are examples of what can be purchased at the Makers Workshop in Burnie in the next two days. Then some will come back to the studio. A few will replenish stock at On TRAK at the Visitors Centre in Sheffield on Thursday…. and of course you can contact me to order…all easy to post. Each is an original unique artwork, not reproductions/prints
So today was another busy silk painting day. This is currently my favourite art activity. Painting miniature landscapes/realistic to abstracted an silk using a watercolour technique. Using heat fix dyes/paints I aim to match or compliment the colour of the steam fix dyes used when painting the scarves. The large brooch can then be used to hold the scarf in place for a number of different looks or used to enhance a bag, hat, shirt or jacket lapel.
I have been immersed (not literally) in the lovely colours of silk dyes lately as I prepare for Tasmania’s big Craft Fair at Deloraine which is on in the first weekend of November. Each handpainted scarf has a matching big brooch which can act as a pin to hold the scarf in place or worn separately. the brooch on the blue scarf is an encaustic painting while the others are all original silk miniature paintings.