This large sunny yellow French sunflower was taken from inspiration from the sunflower fields around our home here in France (shown in the last photograph). I've always loved sunflowers and it has been exciting for me to explore this gorgeous flower with mixed media.
The view of this sunflower is from behind and shows just a couple of petals. The painting has a lot of movement. It is also a very tactile piece since the petals sit away from the canvas a little. On the green leaves, you can see fine cotton string which emulates the fine hairs that you find on sunflower leaves when you look closely.
69 x 120 cms (27" x 47")
The work is framed in a solid thin wood painted frame which compliments the painting. The little bit of background that shows is deep aubergine purple as is the wood frame. The work is ready to hang.
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The string used in all my string art paintings has been manufactured using old techniques that are now virtually no longer used in France. This means that I have to travel across France to find the last existing stocks of this natural and handmade string.
Because synthetic string is now mainly being used, these natural strings are no longer in demand and the old fashioned string factories are closing down. I have to search across France to find the few remaining businesses still open to find what I need.
I cannot use synthetic string because my paint will not properly adhere to it. I only use hemp, cotton, sisal, linen and paper string.
The technique you see here was developed by me over a 6 year period. I wanted to find a way of working that no one else was doing so that I could produce truly unique works of art. It has taken many experiments and many failures before I finally arrived at a method that works and is long lasting.
The basic method is that the subject is first drawn out roughly and the direction of the string or fabric is worked out. The fabric and string is then glued in place. The work is then sealed using a product to stop the paint being absorbed too much by the fabric or string. Only then is the work painted in either acrylics or oils. The entire work is then sealed.
* One of my logs paintings was selected by Christies, London sold at their Art for Life Event.
* I won first prize for innovation in a competition here in France.
* I have done numerous successful exhibitions in UK and France.
* Published artwork in Reves de Femmes Lunar Calendar Book in Switzerland
* Represented by The Exposed House, Abu Dhabi
* Several collectors worldwide regularly commission me.