Happy Friend No. 6 (Yellow Shafted Flicker, Woodpecker) -- pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 318.06

Happy Friend No. 6 (Yellow Shafted Flicker, Woodpecker) -- pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 318.06 by Don Widmer
 
  • Happy Friend No. 6 (Yellow Shafted Flicker, Woodpecker) -- pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 318.06 by Don Widmer
  • Happy Friend No. 6 (Yellow Shafted Flicker, Woodpecker) -- pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 318.06 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Happy Friend No. 6 (Yellow Shafted Flicker, Woodpecker) -- pulp painting on handmade paper (2020), Item No. 318.06

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton and abaca. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet. The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of cotton and abaca (inner bark of a banana plant). All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Recycled paper scraps and bits of metallic foil are swirled into the pulp to add texture and interest. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten flax pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet to create the image. After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting. Happy Friend is part of my series of pulp-painted birds and bats which can be spotted throughout the Midwest region. I am particularly interested in their meanings in the folklores of various cultures. The yellow-shafted flicker is a type of Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus), a medium-sized woodpecker which migrates throughout North and Central America. These birds have many nicknames, including yellowhammer, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, and gawker bird. In Native American lore, these birds are considered lucky and associated with friendship and happiness, hence the title. Although the pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), February 2020. Artwork Size: 11 x 8.5 inches ; 27.9 x 21.6 cm. Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 11 inches wide, 9 inches tall

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Price: $157.00