I use pigment bound with gum arabic and honey on large format paper to create an immersive experience for the viewer with natural forms. I mix pigments intuitively, creating colours which I apply to unique pieces of handmade Japanese paper. These materials are a direct extension of the natural world. The paper holds light in a very subtle way and the particles of pigment have a luminous quality which compliments the paper.
I use handmade Japanese brushes which are both characterful and very gentle, allowing for specific expression without disrupting the delicate fibres of the paper.
The pieces are painted directly from life on the ground in one sitting without interruption, as a calligrapher would brush a text.
The pigments are fixed with casein fixative then the paper is stretched. A simple wooden batten is attached with bookbinder's paste for easy hanging that allows the full sheet of paper to be seen. If an alternative hanging method is preferred the batten can be removed before purchase. The banners are rolled for storage or posting.
Photography by www.Yeshen.uk