Scarlet Tanagers No. 16, framed: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 266.16

Scarlet Tanagers No. 16, framed: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 266.16 by Don Widmer
 
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 16, framed: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 266.16 by Don Widmer
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 16, framed: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 266.16 by Don Widmer
  • Scarlet Tanagers No. 16, framed: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 266.16 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Scarlet Tanagers No. 16, framed: pulp painting on handmade paper (2018), Item No. 266.16

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from hemp, 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. Here's the process details: The fiber used in the creation of this sheet is cotton, hemp, and abaca (the inner bark of a banana plant). I beat the fibers in a Hollander beater to form a pulp. 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 the 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" continues my 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 ephithet 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. This paper is pH neutral and archival. The museum glass provides UV protection. Although the pigmented color is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), June 2018. The white-washed wood frame gives this artwork a rustic feel. The paper artwork is floated on top of a dark gray archival mat which highlights the paper's deckle edges. Non-glare and UV resistant museum quality glass highlights the fibrous texture of the handmade paper. Artwork Size: 9.5 x 12 inches (approximate); 24 x 30.5 cm. Frame Size: 16 3/8 x 18.75 inches; 41.6 x 47.7 cm. Package weight = 7 lb.; 3.2 kg.; free shipping includes packaging cost plus insurance

Color: blue, red, yellow

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 16 inches wide, 19 inches tall, 1 inch as its depth

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Price: $320.00