Painted Silk Scroll – The Vision

November 23, 2008

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This is the second painted silk scroll from the Ornaments series, which again belongs to my Asian style paintings on silk. I would like to show you this one in detail.

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Even if I repeat myself ad nauseam but this painting makes you feel calm and easy, giving you a dreamlike feeling if hung in a room that you like for relaxation and getting off the daily duties. There is an aura emanating from these faces that cannot be described although painted in a very simple manner this is a kind of serendipity and was not planned in detail. The decent colours calm eye and spirit and the landscape with the ethereal Buddha faces make you feel entranced.

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“The Vision”
53″ x 22″, Silk Scroll

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I believe that it is extremely important that you have a place where you can calm down and give your thoughts a pause. Our psyche needs some time now and then where problems have to give path otherwise we are becoming ill. This is not esoteric nonsense but a means to stay healthy. Running from one appointment to the next is not the purpose of our lives. So we all need a pause for taking a deep breath and stop for some time, looking inside and then taking the next step.

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Working on this scroll was a great joy. Not only because it reminded me of my wonderful travels to Asia for many years but also of the landscapes even here in Europe: landscapes you can experience in the early morning hours during summer time, when the cold air is rising from the lakes and where you don’t hear anything but natural sounds. Yes – even in the crowded and overpopulated regions here in Europe you can find this.

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And while meditating on your memories it can happen, that images blend with one another and become a wonderful feeling. Exactly this feeling I tried to re-create in this painting.

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There is nothing new to add to the working process of this painted scroll. The details have been described already in the last post about The Weaver I used the same kind of silk (Habotai), transferred a drawing to it and then painted the middle piece. The landscape has been painted directly to the silk.

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Also on this scroll the filigree ornaments on the head and bottom piece shall remind of the sophisticated textils prints in India and Indonesia which are processed manually with handcarved stamps in many many working hours.

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The delicate pattern here is not a print but painted separately. First I created a drawing as a template. Using a light table (self made – please see this post) this template was transferred to the silk. For painting the very delicate lines on silk I used a textile pen with an extra, very thin tip and a brush that was nearly dry. You need a lot of practise for this kind of work on silk as silk paint is easily flowing like dye – mostly in the wrong direction. You cannot repair any mistake.

Last but not least I would like to introduce a new blog to you

Art and Interior.

This blog is entirely all about how you can place art work into an existing or new interior, examples which show how you could compose different styles of art and modern designed furniture. It is a collection of potentials which could be great fun and pleasure for you – I hope 🙄

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2 Responses to “Painted Silk Scroll – The Vision”

  1. 101smackdowns Says:

    Your work is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it on the web. I spent a lovely half hour scrolling through your images. What a wonderful way to start the day.
    Best wishes,
    Jacque
    Smackdown Your Inner Critic
    http://www.101smackdowns.com

  2. vyala Says:

    Jacque – this is a lovely compliment and a great motivation in bad times when things do not go easy. Thank you so much.


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