Picture Profile: 1519 Illuminated Water Garden

1519 Illuminated Water Garden

1519 Illuminated Water Garden

Artist Code: 1519. Completed 4 September 2015. Original SOLD. Water colour, 23 3/4 carat gold leaf and shell gold on Aquarelle Arches 100% Hot Pressed cotton rag paper. Unframed size 12″ x 16″. Hand made wood frame 15″ x 18″ (gun metal finish).

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This painting was sold at the Hinchingbrooke Country Park Christmas Fayre 2015. It has joined its sister painting ‘Illuminated Nature Garden‘, which is lovely!

This painting was part of a pair of illuminations (also see Illuminated Nature Garden, Artist Code 1513). This design is in the Neo-Classical style with Biblical intonations and other watery patterns. The ‘W’and ‘g’are gold leaf on a raised gesso bed, and the filigree pattern is shell gold. Shell gold is real gold powder finely ground to a pigment and bound with gum arabic. This gold block can be reconstituted with water and, using a fine sable brush, applied to artwork in delicate and intricate filigree patterns. It is called ‘Shell Gold’ because ‘in olden days’ artists stored the mixture in shallow seashells.