Revisiting silk painting

I started painting silk in about 1985. My first items were hankies and then square silk scarves. After some practise, I branched out and then made long silk wraps, table cloths, earrings and brooches and even a waistcoat. Heike, my wife and I were successful at craft fairs and we enjoyed the experience learning how to sell fashion. After a long pause, and to avoid thinking about Covid-19, I decided during the Christmas period of 2020 to start. Whilst I mention it, I raise my hat to all the NHS who are performing at their very professional best to save many lives here in UK. They are outstanding.

Below are the scarves I have painted in this December break. First is The Jacqui Scarf. The process I did to create it is also described on this website. Look at the Silk Painting How to page.

The Jacqui Scarf

The other scarf is based upon Heike’s favourite planets, namely Jupiter and Saturn. Last Christmas I as given a Dobsonian 200MM telescope. During 2020, Jupiter and Saturn have been very close and I saw them for the first time through my telescope. The experience is amazing. To see Saturn and its halo is breath-taking as are the clouds around Jupiter’s equators. My attempt to bring them onto silk is below.

The Jupiter & Saturn Conjunction

Have fun trying to paint silk. Look at the “How-to” page.

Painted during Lockdown

Douglas the friendly Bull

During our first lockdown my early morning walk would take me past a field of young bulls. The most friendly of them, showing a large resemblance of a Highland Kuh, we christened ‘Dougal’. One day we captured him on camera cheekily peeping over the hedge while munching the flowers.

Whimsical

A long while ago my wife asked me to paint a watercolour matching the colour scheme in her studio. Nothing too heavy, something pretty and simple. She showed me a few images she liked and this is the result.

Girl on the Bridge

Dreaming of a visit to Japan one day when the world has gone back to more normality I painted this scene. Wonder what the girl is dreaming about?

Blue

Some of my friends , especially Karen Hatcher in Washington, simply love the colour Blue. I know she does, since she bought two of my paintings based on Blue. I think she likes the freshness of the colour, and the hope it brings in all of us. It is a colour of freedom as we soak up the sun around it. To all those who cherish blue. There is also a dimension of Flow to Blue be it still or rapid. This applies to to the style of painting as well. See my paintings on another page in the website to see what I mean. Keep loose!