76 x 140 |
Handmade Mitsumata paper and pigment
Winter sky at night inspired the rich dark background of this banner. Indigo Genuine is mixed with Quinacridone Magenta and Graphite Black. I painted the trunk with many layers of colour to portray the sublte whiteness of the bark. When the banner was lifted from the perspex stretcher some of the paper fibres pulled away mimicking the actual peeling bark of the tree. In some areas I have added small indigo squares of historic Gampi paper which I think is nearly 100 years old.
This banner is painted on handmade Mitsumata paper from Japan which is unbleached and has a beautiful organic colour. The paper allows for smooth flowing brushstrokes and has delicate edges along with the watermarks of the paper makers Su or frame. in the finishing process the paper has been uniformly smoothed and wrinkled in a way that makes the piece look antique.
The banner is suspended from a simple batten and clear thread which can be removed on request if an alternative method of display is desired.