LocalÂ butterflies are inspiration for these paintings. I love how the geometry of their wing design is echoed in the circular patterns of labyrinths and Celtic knots.I started this series of silk paintings after taking a field class in butterflies with famous Northwest butterfly expert Bob Pyle.
All paintings are hand painted silk dye on silk, and are 28″ x 22″. Click on thumbnails to see the full image.
These paintings were done as preliminary studies for a pair of 30 foot long silk banners, commissioned by Plymouth Church, Seattle WA. Stay tuned! That’s the next page I’ll be making for you.
2 Replies to “Butterfly Collection”
Fantastic!!!! YOUR WORK IS AMAZING.You think so much like I do, it’s spooky. Also, I opened an Art Therapy Studio in Pontiac, Michigan IN 1996 with another art therapist who was a student at St. Olaf’s!!! Small world department. My question for you is what gauge of silk do you recommend for illustrating? I learned silk painting in Germany, and I love it. Right now I am working on a children’s book. Thanks, Kristen, Anne Jantz
Hi Anne. I’m glad you like my work. I think for illustration I would use a 10 mm Habotai silk. That is thick enough to hold the dyes well but not overly luxurious. Since it won’t be touched or hanging it will serve your purpose well I think.