I’ve been slowly working on a new series of works for a while now – I’m looking at pushing my orchid mash-up pieces forward more, trying to coax them into something greater than the contained tangle of plants which is their current state.
I want to increase the scale of these pieces. Growing them bigger with the addition of many, many more malevolent elements. I want to feed them with clutter and random objects until they become wild and overgrown and sprawl across large scale sheets of watercolour paper…
But I find myself lacking. Lacking time and space and energy to fill these large sheets of paper with the overgrown tangle of plants I see in my head. Lacking the discipline to stay up and create, in the darkness when everyone else sleeps – Or to stay home when my friends are out having fun… I’m really not very good when it comes to missing out. And discipline would definitely be needed to push through such a large project to completion… Not be sidetracked by the bright monsters and birds who also call for attention in my head.
Instead, I’m letting it branch off to the side. Keeping it smaller and more achievable. Same same, but different. Playing with moving my paintings away from my safe and comforting paper and onto beautiful reverse linen canvas. Simple, and yet a challenge for me – Still working with the paint I love, but in a new way : Gouache is water-based, used in a similar way to watercolour. When painted onto an unprimed porous surface it sinks in and bleeds out – A nice effect if you were doing a silk painting… But not what I want.
So I’ve changed up my process : I’m layering it between heat sealed flat acrylic – Like the white base layers below images on screen printed tee-shirts. Carefully carefully, so the gouache doesn’t bleed off the edges and onto the unprimed fiber. And then there is the issue of binding the layers of gouache – You see, if it builds up, it has the tendency to flake. Another layer. Varnish. But only on the painted area. To contrast with the matteness of the natural linen. Slow. Like watching paint dry. …But I have to say, I’m loving these new steps in the process!
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Way back when I picked out my frames for the work I put up in Sketch and Tulip, I also managed to get my grubby mitts on a set of three extra blank frames of the same type, that I could fill later at my leisure. Well my little Tanager and Orchid pieces got me on a bit of a roll, and the next obvious course to take was to combine the two together.
This is the first piece completed. I wanted an off-white background, so used the tea stain method I usually use with the handmade Khadi paper, only this time on Stonehenge hot press printing paper. Its given it a lovely soft tan colour which complements really well with the pink tones in the orchids.
Blue-winged Mountain Tanager – Anisognathus somptuosus (Above). This little bird is found in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
Western Tanager – Piranga ludoviciana (Above). This little one can be found in coniferous woods across western North America from the Mexico-U.S. border as far north as southern Alaska – They are the northernmost-breeding tanager. However, they also migrate, wintering from central Mexico to Costa Rica.
Heres a pic of it all framed up. I have one more on the go awaiting the top feather detailing and linework, and as yet one more frame awaiting the right inspiration – Though most likely another on this theme. So loving how they are turning out!
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Posted in Available work, Birds, Exhibition work, Framed, Friday brightness, Illustration, Orchids, Paintings for Sketch and Tulip, Paper works, Photography on September 21, 2012|
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I’ve just finished framing a few of my paintings to go up on the walls in Sketch and Tulip this week. And I’ve got to say, I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out!
Malevolentia – Gouache and ink on 245gsm Stonehenge printing paper, 250x250mm AU$240.00 (Framed) Note: Available from Sketch and Tulip
Veneficus – Gouache and ink on 245gsm Stonehenge printing paper, 250x250mm AU$240.00 (Framed) Note: Available from Sketch and Tulip, North Melbourne
Step up – Gouache, ink and resin on 245gsm Stonehenge printing paper, 250x250mm AU$240.00 (Framed) Note: Available from Sketch and Tulip
Originally I was planning on putting them in larger frames with more space around the edges. But I ended up doing a rethink as Sketch and Tulip sell the artwork they display on a cash and carry basis. So I decided smaller, more portable box frames might be the way to go. Cant wait to go in and check them out when they’re up!
Note : These works are for sale framed, directly from Sketch and Tulip in North Melbourne. Please contact Huda Sleiman in regards to the purchase of paintings. Prices are in AU Dollars.
Sketch & Tulip
364 Victoria Street, North Melbourne
(03) 9329 9665
Tues & Wed 7am–4pm
Thurs to Fri 7am–late
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