"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Saturday 3 October 2009

Silk Painting

Recently I came across the beautiful fine art silk paintings of Deborah Younglao when Deborah started following my blogs

Deborah's work is exquisite, vibrant, cheerful and colourful

This one reminds me very much of many different holidays I've had to the Canary Islands, the colours of the volcanoes and mountains and earthy soil

Deborah's very fine detailed work is incredibly inspiring but her abstract landscapes are really firing my imagination rigt now ... WOW ... my mind is running riot with abstract colour combinations

These words from Deborah's blog are inspiration itself and make me want to get my silk paints out again

"Imagine a piece of shimmering, white, silk stretched on a frame. You dip your brush into some liquid dye and touch it to the silk. Instantly there’s an explosion of brilliant color as the dye spreads over the silk. Add another color and the dyes dance together on the silk, moving and blending as they go. Add water or salt, and spontaneous organic textures develop and take on a life of their own. It's fun to watch the dyes and silk interact - I hope you'll enjoy the outcome!"

This is one of two note cards with prints from her original silk paintings that Deborah sent me recently for helping her in her quest to choose a piece for a show

Not only do I love the colours and details in this piece but also the humour. This prickly guy is so cute! This strange spiky fish reminds me of the conker shells that I picked up today

The shells have little spikes

And looking more closely, as I always do, at the detail of the conker shell I see wonderful "rust like" textures and colours. Oh wow!

If you enjoyed seeing Deborah's work please pop over to her blog and let her know

I hope you have a great weekend :o)


Amanda Fall - Sprout editor said...

Oh my goodness, those paintings are stunning! The rich, saturated color takes my breath away. I also had to smile at your pictures of the shells--I'm compelled to pick those up every year! There's a whole world in that shell. Amazing.

Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

Sharne Gregory said...

What lovely paintings! I shall follow the link to see more. I have had a lovely day with the YE helping at their silk painting workshop. I too now want to get out my silk paints, but unfortunately it wont be this weekend. Happy stitching!

Cathie said...

Oh so cool these silk paintings are - with imagery of trees and mountains floating across the fibers. I am going to visit her now. You are a sweetypuss for sharing.

Maria Dent said...

Fantastic pic's. Im going over there now!!

Puddleduck said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm heading over there too. Aren't the colours divine?

Michala Gyetvai (Kayla coo) said...

Lovely work.x

Pom Pom said...

Ahhhhhhh! Silk painting speaks to my color-o-meter! I wish I had a studio with more paint than I could ever dabble in. As I sit before my living room window, I think, "God's the ultimate artist. The little maple across the street (my current favorite tree) is a masterpiece."
I wish I could give all the artists who showcase color a collective hug! Happy day, C!

Anonymous said...

Thats a coincidence! Just put my attempts at silk painting on my blog which were acheived with help from Angela using salts.
Then looked at the wonderful work and realise I have a long way to go and lots to learn in the art of silk painting. Once again thankyou Carolyn. x of to look at Deborah's site.

Gez Butterworth said...

Gorgeous silk paintings Carolyn.xx Love the puffer fish, he's fab. :-) He does like a bit like a conker! lol... Speaking of which..great finds my dear. :-)
Take care. Gez.xx

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Hi Carolyn - Wow thank you so much for introducing me to your followers! When you said you were going to mention my work on your blog, I didn't know you were going to share so much of it! And thank you all for your wonderful comments - I am humbled. It's good to know that there are many other latent silk painters out there - get your silk paints out - you'll be addicted once you start!

Glad you like the puffer! Some people think they're ugly but I find them most adorable, especially my little guy here :>

Hugs, Carolyn - you're the best xo

Carlynne Hershberger, CPSA said...

Beautiful work, thanks for sharing!

Corinna Nitschmann said...

Thanx for the link. The other textile art I'm in love with is silk painting. It's amazing as the wonderful colors flow on the silk and that you never know for sure how it will look like at the end.

Jacky said...

These silk paintings are beautiful!!! I have just been over to check out the blog and Deborahs lovely work...will put it in my favourites so I can visit again.
Wonderful posts, especially love the rust and granite photos, such amazing texture and colour.
Have a lovely weekend.

Jacky xox

~ Phyllis ~ said...

Deborah's work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the link.

Unknown said...

Lovely colours Carolyn!