Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11

Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11 by Don Widmer
 
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11 by Don Widmer
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11 by Don Widmer
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11 by Don Widmer
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Scarlet Tanagers No. 11 – pulp painting on handmade cotton rag paper (2018), Item No. 266.11

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton rag. 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 cotton rag. The image itself is "painted" using pigmented flax. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. 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. 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. Scarlet Tanagers is part of a series of pulp-painted birds, which began with the creation of several black bird paintings for an Audubon art show. The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea), originally placed in the tanager family, has been reclassified as a member of the cardinal family. The olivacea epithet is based on the color of the female and means "the olive-colored one." The mature males are crimson red with black wings and tails. I was inspired to pulp paint these birds after seeing a pair of them in Chicago's Grant Park. 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), April 2018. Size: 10 x 12 inches (approximate); 25 x 30.5 cm. Package weight = 14 oz.; 414 g Ships flat is padded mailer (15 x 11 inches) insured for the value of the artwork

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 12 inches wide, 10 inches tall

Shipping: $0.00

Price: $138.00