Heaven and Earth

Mineral pigments (lapis lazuli, azurite, chrysocolla, malachite, terre verte) in gum arabic on paper. 76x54cm

Date19 August 2018


Recently I’ve been very drawn to using pattern and repetition as a means of evoking, on paper, the feel and (visual) texture of cloth. The use of natural colours enhances this, because they have so much depth and life they add a texture of their own. This piece is the first in a series of “tapestries” using simple repeated units to achieve rich, apparently complex compositions from which the eye never tires of teasing out patterns.

Watercolour is not normally used with a reed pen, and I didn’t want pigment to accrete on my best pens so I cut a couple of twigs and was constantly re-cutting them as I went. The organic variations resulting from this add to the liveliness and un-mechanical feel of the result.


Creation process:

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