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Gallery Six - "White Flowers"

The silk paintings in this gallery presented the challenge of using white as a colour. The effect uses the pale tints of other colours and white unpainted silk. In one of the paintings the white flowers are also placed on a white background.


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Silk Painting Frangipani

"Frangipani" - mounted 50cm square

These white waxy flowers are famed for their perfume.

2006 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Japanese Anemone

"Japanese Anemone" - mounted 50cm square

This is the double form of these beautiful flowers.

2006 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Clematis Flore-pleno

"Clematis Flore-Pleno" - mounted 50cm square

These "white" clematis bracts and flowers are almost green.

2005 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Cereus Cactus

"Cereus Cactus" - mounted 50cm square

These are the flowers of the tall columnar American cactus.

2004 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Cactus

"Orchid Cactus" - mounted 50cm square

The flower of another night flowering cactus.

2004 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Starburst Lilies

"Starburst Lilies" - mounted 50cm square

Award winner - Nottinghamshire Amateur Artist of the Year 2002

2002 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Magnolia Stellata

"Magnolia Stellata" - mounted 50cm square

The flower petals and the background of this painting of Magnolia Stellata were given the crackled batik wax effect. The crackle on the flowers is much lighter than that on the background and gives a delicate texture to the white petals.

2002 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Viburnum Carlesii

"Viburnum Carlesii" - mounted 50cm square

The dark shading on the lower leaf was applied before the veining. Together with the crackled batik wax background effect it helps to give an impression of depth to this painting of Viburnum Carlesii. Unfortunately silk painting cannot capture its wonderful fragrance.

2001 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Queen of the Night

"Queen of the Night" - mounted 50cm square

White permanent gutta thinned with a little yellow silk paint was used to paint the fine stamen details of this spectacular Epiphyllum.

2001 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Arum Lilies

"Arum Lilies" - mounted 50cm square

Subtle shades of yellow and grey give form to the white Arum Lily spathes in this semi-abstract silk painting.

2001 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Ramsons

"Ramsons" - mounted 50cm square

The use of crackled batik wax over-painted with a darker shade of green produced the textured background effect in this painting of Wild Garlic. Fortunately silk painting cannot capture its fragrance.

2001 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Fuchsia Pas de Deux

"Fuchsia Pas de Deux" - mounted 50cm square

The batik wax was crackled in lines horizontally across the silk painting to give the effect of wood grain to the background of these flamboyant fuchsia flowers. Strong dark shadows and bold highlights convey an impression of bright summer sunlight.

2000 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Paperwhite Narcissi

"Paperwhite Narcissi" - mounted 50cm square

The palest tints of many different colours of silk paint capture the subtle shading but not the fragrance of this beautiful narcissus.

2000 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting White Oriental Lily

"White Lily" - mounted 50cm square

The background of clouds and blue sky was created by painting wet into wet using clean water to control the flow of the blue paint.

The silk was then dried quickly to capture the effect.

2000 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Arum Lilies

"Zantedeschia" - mounted 50cm square

The challenge in this silk painting was to paint white Arum Lilies against a white background. This was achieved by arranging the green leaves behind most of the flowers. Where flowers extend beyond the leaves careful shading retains their outline.

2000 Leonard Thompson


Silk Painting Magnolia Grandiflora

"Magnolia Grandiflora" - mounted 50cm x 60cm

The shine on the leaves and the dewdrop is produced by using clear gutta on the white unpainted silk. Shading and shadows add to the impression of depth and form. However the exquisite fragrance of this magnificent magnolia cannot be captured in paint.

2001 Leonard Thompson


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