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.
Today I was doing more of what I love most…. my original paintings in miniature on silk. This time I made the artworks (and some which I had painted previously) into brooches. All except one are watercolour technique. The odd one out incorporates gutta outline. Some of these were painted to match some of my silk scarves to be offered for sale as a set. The brooch, by itself, retails at $20 AUD (post free) so if you would like one, please let me know. If the one you want is sold, sorry, you miss out. That is because for watercolour technique on silk, the way I work, it is not possible to repeat the painting. Each is a unique, handpainted, original artwork. They are 60mm in diameter and treated with a UV and stain resistant finish for silk.
Back to silk painting today up at Burnie Makers’ workshop. It is winter time, so mists are creeping into my paintings. It is interesting how the weather conditions of the day often unconsciously find their way into my work.
cards… silk watercolours. original paintings. $10 each
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.
As part of Burnie Shines annual celebrations in Burnie I have some silk garments in a fashion parade…. Art 2 Wear. http://www.burnieshines.com/Date/10-October-2013
Exciting. One night only. I will post some pics after the event on October 10. Hopefully showing the maodels wearing the garments, if not the items on coathangers (not quite the same).
Also 2 WORKSHOPS
on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October at Burnie Makers Workshop. Have a go at painting on silk and create a special handmade Christmas gift while enjoying the flow of dyes on silk. If you love colour you will love this. http://www.burnieshines.com/Events/Workshop-Silk-Painting-Watercolour-Technique
Click the link for the Sunday workshop details… watercolour technique (put the image in a card or do a slightly larger one to frame.
FOR THE SATURDAY WORKSHOP… MAKE A SILK BROOCH USING SALT TECHNIQUE http://www.burnieshines.com/Events/Workshop-Silk-Painting
Busy, busy with Deloraine Craft Fair fast approaching too.
I have finished and framed my latest silk painting, inspired by the autumn tree outside the studio window. I used a combination of outliner (gutta technique) and watercolour style…… the latter because I like free flow in my works. I must admit, however, that I am tempted to try the Sistek technique as I am impressed with many on the excellent works I have seen on the internet using that method. It means going back to being in control and I have worked hard to allow myself to enjoy a serendipitous approach. Anyway back to this work. It is the last show the tree puts on, full colour “party”, before it sheds the leaves for winter so I have titled the painting Pre the Winter Slumber . Tomorrow Keith (my husband) and I will make the trip to Scottsdale (about 5 hours round trip, plus stops) to a lovely gallery, Scottsdale Art and Framing, to deliver this (along with a couple of other works) for their winter exhibition. Looks like good weather so we will take the cameras.
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
A half day silk painting session today but we covered so much. absolutely fantastic results…. so varied. And I could hear all participants sharing what was happening…. “this brush holds more water”, “that was too wet”, “I got that sharp edge because I painted it on after the other was dry”, “paint over that part to make the colour stronger”…….
And everyone chose one of their works to put in a brooch….. a stylised decorative fish with gutta outline, a wonderful watermark creating an agate type design, a subtly sensitive watercolour landscape, an outback scene with whimsical tree, a semi landscape in harmonious limited palette using salt technique and a multi-coloured decorative flower design. The materials are the same but the results so varied. Silk painting is wonderfully creative.
Towards the end of the year (after Deloraine Craft Fair) I will run a more advanced workshop with a few other techniques and working on bigger pieces and larger finished items such as a bag, scarves, cushion, tie, shawl……. Expressions of interest and a suggested date welcome (ph 64282675 or 0419282673). Maybe 2 days (full weekend?) $100 for 2 days plus materials on a user pays basis or byo materials. Maximum class size will be 4 due to space limitations at my studio and that required for larger works…. or I can hire Forth Town Hall to cater for a larger group.
My favourite flower painting subject ….. poppies on silk. this is the first of a triptych for Maureen. (image size 70 by 50 cm). To be framed. Serti technique for main flowers with watercolour technique for background flowers/garden. 10 mommie Habutai silk, iron fixed silk paints/dyes.
With the Makers Workshops in Burnie promoting me as a watercolourist specializing in silk painting I have been focusing my efforts lately on more silk works. Here is a sample…. a tie with geometric design of flat areas of colour contrasting with the lovely patterns of the salt technique, silk scarves (always popular) with free flow colour and floral designs of garden flowers using gutta , matching brooches/scarf rings to hold the scarf in place or wear as a complementary accessory, one only silk pendant of a tiny painting under kiln formed system 96 glass, one large soft lightweight shawl in vibrant autumn tones (sold) and cards combining encaustic with silk fibres …… more to come.