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Leaves, ferns and scraps of silk

Leaves, ferns and scraps of silk

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P1060629

While I was tidying up at home recently I found this bag of silk scraps.

I opened it and found a treasure trove of ideas and experiments, pieces of silk that I'd painted over the last 15 years or so.  Pieces that I'd kept because I liked how they looked, or because they acted as little sketches for paintings.  An evolution of techniques.  They all have leaves on them.  I love plants and always like to put them in my paintings - the shapes and textures of leaves are beautiful.  Here are some of the silk scraps:

autumn beech leaves
autumn beech leaves

I love the colours of autumn leaves when they are lying on the ground.

Autumn oak leaves
Autumn oak leaves
Dusky oak leaves
Dusky oak leaves

With this one I was experimenting with a dusk scene, the background for a painting of a tawny owl.  I like the way the outlines around the leaves stand out, as if silvery moonlight is shining on the oak leaves.

Orange flowers
Orange flowers

This was a painting of some orange flowers that grow in the garden.  The colours went a bit wrong - the background is quite muddy looking.  I kept it because I liked the flowers - I painted the flowers again on a silk scarf.

Fern sampler
Fern sampler

Ferns are a favourite of mine.  Here I was experimenting with colour.  The first three squares have the same design with different colour combinations.

Then for the fourth image I changed the design, went a bit random:

Petrol ferns
Petrol ferns

That gave me an idea.....I liked the blue ferns in the background, so I painted a range of silk scarves based on a fern design.  I've only got one left, this it it:

Orange fern silk scarf
Orange fern silk scarf

I'm glad I kept those scraps of silk!

New house, new job, new painting!

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Silk painting techniques - hiding the gutta lines

Silk painting techniques - hiding the gutta lines