Watching paint dry

It takes hours and hours to paint a silk scarf (I always struggle with spelling this word..).  My way anyhows.

The first ever artists open studios I exhibited in two weeks ago went extremely well (according to other artists, not us, as we had nothing to compare to) that I’m now very excited for this weekend..  My foxglove design was loved, so I’m busy painting a few more.

My new design for this weekend is butterflies on a large square of silk but the design’s still formulating in my mind and nothing’s found it’s way onto silk yet…

Some of the comments I’ve received over the past few weeks about my art included someone who thinks my pink Echinacea design should be made into wallpaper; someone who told me not to hide my silk scarves and lots of very flattering comments on my shadow paintings.  Many people want to know the specifics of both the shadow flower paintings and how I paint on silk and I happily explain.

It’s fascinating that people love my work.  I’m sure lots don’t but they’re very polite.

How do I have time to write this blog when I’m so busy painting (not to mention work too)?  You’ve guessed it..  I’m watching paint dry..

One technique is to use salt on paint on silk to give a dappled effect..  It takes a while and there are way too many variables to control.  How much salt, where and which direction did you throw it on (I’m convinced the direction of throw matters..but I may be wrong), how wet the paint on the silk is and how near the edge of the fabric the salt is.  If I’ve not put enough on I need to add more quickly before the paint gets too dry unless I want a different finish in case I need the paint to be drier..  You bored yet?  Is it like watching paint dry?  That’s what I’m currently spending a lot of time doing..  The result’s pretty amazing though don’t you think?

If you’re in the Peterborough area this weekend 23/24June 2012 come check out my art.  If you don’t like my work visit other artists who have their studios open. (sorry.. struggling to get link working here, check out