Painted Silk Scroll – The Palace

December 3, 2008

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Here comes another silk scroll from the Asian series Ornaments. Now this was a real fun piece because of the unusual perspective and my favourite colours.

Theme again is from India, a continent full of extremely interesting cultures, a fantastic architecture and breathtaking crafts such as stone and wood carvings and textile arts. Especially the magnificent architecture of the past centuries was my inspiration for this silk scroll.

You cannot do anything else but be in awe …

Especially the filigree stone carvings amaze me. Marble carved into ornaments where you ask yourself how on earth did the craftspeople succeed in defying gravity?

Even if many of the common people still suffer from hunger today just like hundreds of years ago, even if the growing suburbs are drowning in slums and extreme poverty there are still the rich people, surrounding themselves with an incredible luxury you hardly find anywhere else.

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“The Palace”
75″ x 23″, Silk Scroll

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The paradoxon is that exactly this wealth made it possible that we all can admire these treasures today. Wealth made it possible to employ hundreds of craftsmen, architects and artisans who constructed and built all these miraculous places and sites. Thus a culture came into being that can hardly be compared with anything else in this world.

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A very sophisticated technique was used to keep the buildings cool inside in a very hot climate: walls, pillars, domes, ledges and mantelpieces were built in a special order so that the air could circulate through the open-work so that the air was cooled down – a natural air-conditioning without any environmental pollution and without all the energy impact that seems to be necessary today.

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Wouldn’t this be a thought provoking idea for modern architecture in the face of diminishing resources? The skyscrapers and modern glassy palaces which are built today and which feed on an incredible amount of energy are the true dinosaurs of history. Instead of continuing this recipe of huge egos and pride we should go back to the traditional constructions and check the applicability for our century. The one or other technique may well be used and applied to modern constructions. This would be one of the possibilities to declare war on waste. Many do this already but still not enough.

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The construction of this scroll is the same as described in the last one: a middle piece, a head piece and a foot piece.
First a detailed drawing was created, then the middle piece was painted with silk dyes.

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The detail work was the most important part for this silk scroll because it should be reminiscent of the filigree work of the traditional Indian stone masonry and ornamentation.

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Also on this scroll head piece and foot piece were painted not batiqued. The similarity to the textile arts of southeast Asia is intended.

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The ornaments were created with stencils, then transformed to the silk with a very soft pencil and finally painted with great care.

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5 Responses to “Painted Silk Scroll – The Palace”

  1. Mike Foster Says:

    Hi, I enjoyed your post and wanted to let you know. I’m still recovering from my shoulder surgery, getting better every day, but still have difficulty typing for long periods of time.

    peace,
    Mike
    livelife365

  2. vyala Says:

    Hi Mike, thank you for stopping by andleaving your comment. Hope you are recovering soon again. My best wishes….


  3. What wonderful work is being done here. Very thoughtful and with lots of thought provoking items. I am a contemporary artist myself and always enjoy seeing the art of fellow artists and join discussions about art. I just recently have started my own site and hope that over time it will grow into an online art community where artists and art enthusiasts alike can meet and discuss their thoughts on art. Will recommend your blog to my friends. Will come back for more and wish you all the best.

    P.s. Wish you all the best for your future work.

  4. vyala Says:

    Hi Anna, thank you very much for your lovely compliment and good wishes. I am glad that you enjoyed this blog and hope very much you will do in future as well.
    Best wishes to you too,
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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