Friday, December 16, 2016

Silk Paintings - Rainbow over Wailua

This painting was part of a solo exhibition called "Magic Landscapes" in Pittsburgh, MA.

The original image was an old travel photograph from back in the 90’s from a tour to the Haleakala in the early morning and the scenery was perfect for silk painting simply because of the light shining through the clouds.

"Rainbow over Wailua"
21" x 40"
silk

On the day when I took the photograph it was on the first third of the way up to the crater – when I remember this correctly – and at a lookout towards northeast of the island of Maui with the rather plain lava fields beyond the tree line. But I am not quite sure any more. In the end it is not really important and I didn’t want to nail it down that it was really the sight towards Wailua bay where the photo was made. I tried to figure out from a map where exactly that view was but that was not easy after such a long time. I hoped the day is not far away when I could check this out personally again.

I am crazy about NOT creating the standard kitsch stuff – I think photos are allowed to show the true beauties of nature which can never be trite - but paintings? I have a deep antipathy against the saccharine stuff. Especially paintings with rainbows easily belong into that category. So this was the real challenge for me: painting a landscape scene with rainbow but NOT making it trite. I leave it to you to judge…

Here are some details of the painting:






"Rainbow" is painted on real Pongé silk.
The silk painting is mounted on stretcher bars and is gallery wrapped (stapled on the back - sides are painted) and can be hung with or without additional frame. It will be shipped without additional frame though.

I recommend framing the painting in an additional sophisticated frame though if that blends well into your interior. This would complement the silk of the painting perfectly (see photo below).

The painting's reverse side is protected by 2 other layer of fabric, one a very thin polyester batting and another fabric as backing. This adds stability to the painting.

These silk paintings do not request different handling than oils or other artwork: dry environment and no direct sunlight. I have paintings on my walls since many years which look fresh and new as if just created. You can contact my gallery in Pittsburgh for reference.

As an example I have added another image of the painting how it could look like properly framed no matter as the original silk painting or "only" as print:



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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Silk Paintings - Ayutthaya

This silk painting belongs to a series called "Magic Landscapes" and was part of a solo exhibition in the BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh.

The painting is a triptych, painted on 3 panels and was inspired by the ancient city of Ayutthaya in Thailand.


"Ayutthaya"
40" x 39"
silk, stitched

Ayutthaya is one of those special places which emanate an aura of magic and fascination ancient sites have in common. Ayutthaya (1350 - 1767) was once the golden capital of the ancient kingdom of Siam (Thailand) - a magical city with about one million inhabitants around 1700. It was destroyed by the Burmese and finally abandoned. Bangkok became the new capital.

Today nothing is left but ruins. Only hundreds of Buddha statues, partially intact or restored, prangs (reliquary towers) and monasteries, which form the Ayutthaya historical park, create a place of great magic and belong to the UNESCO World Heritage.

Here are some additional details:







The silk is mounted on stretcher bars and gallery wrapped (stapled on the back - sides are painted). The panels are ready to be hung.

As the painting's reverse sides are protected by 2 other layer of fabric, one a very thin polyester batting and another fabric as backing stability is guaranteed. These silk paintings do not request different handling than oils or other artwork: dry environment and no direct sunlight. I have silk paintings on my walls since many years which look fresh and new as if just created. You can contact my gallery in Pittsburgh for reference.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Quilt Art on Silk - White Tara

White Tara is the goddess of compassion and represents in Buddhism the feminist ideal:

“Goddess Tara, a female Buddha and meditational deity, is arguably the most popular goddess in the Buddhist pantheon. She is considered to be the goddess of universal compassion who represents virtuous and enlightened activity.”

"White Tara"
74" x 26"
silk

The goddess Tara is known in many countries under different names. In China f.e. she is known as Kuan Yin.

For me the feminist aspect was very appealing. You won’t find too many personalities in history and the devine pantheon which are feminine authorities in this world of male predominance. So my inspiration for this work resulted in depicting this image of a very sympathetic goddess other than the female aspect being interpreted as that of seduction and evil as in christian beliefs, a witch or revengeful spirit as in Greek mythology and other myths.

The second theme of this quilt is the lotus flower. Lotus is a symbol of purity and has healing powers.
“In Buddhist symbolism the lotus represents purity of body, speech, and mind, as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. The Buddha is often depicted sitting on a giant lotus leaf or blossom. According to legend, he was born with the ability to walk and everywhere he stepped, lotus flowers bloomed” (Wikipedia)




While the image of the goddess Tara was adorned with jewellery and lotus buds and blossoms allover, her skirts additionally were embellished with tiny beads. The patterns on her skirts were hand painted with metallic pigments.



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