Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04

Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04 by Don Widmer
 
  • Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04 by Don Widmer
  • Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04 by Don Widmer
  • Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04 by Don Widmer
  • Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04 by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Mixed Media

Title: Swimming in the Wind no. 4 – Tern, bird pulp painting on handmade paper with watermark (2019), Item No. 300.04

Description: This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton, abaca and horsetail. 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, abaca (the inner bark of a banana plant), and Equisetum (also called horsetail, which I cook down from the raw plant material). 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 cotton 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. This handmade paper includes a watermark of the words "swimming in the wind," which is revealed when the image is backlit (see images 3 and 4). The watermark is an excerpt from the poem Tern, by Ted Hughes. If you decide to frame this artwork, consider using a float frame, which can be hung in front of a window or other light source. The handmade paper is translucent and will reveal the watermark when lit from behind. The pigmented color in the artwork is considered light-safe. The common tern (Sterna hirundo) is a seabird of the Great Lakes. One interesting behavior of these birds is that they drink water in mid-flight. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist. Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), July 2019. Size: 12 x 18 inches (approximate); 30.5 x 45.7 cm. Package weight = 14 oz.; 414 g Free shipping. Artwork ships flat is padded mailer (14.25 x 20 inches) insured for the value of the artwork.

Color: blue, white, gray

Medium: Paper

Dimensions: 18 inches wide, 12 inches tall

Shipping: $0.00

Price: $120.00