Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


Welcome to my blog.
This is where I write about some of the things that inspire my work,
news of exhibitions and works in progress

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Flowers on Silk

Pink Lilies
Both of these have been painted on silk by working in many layers of colour and using gutta as an outliner to act as a resist and to define edges.
Pink Lilies was featured in Peinture sur Soie, a French silk painting magazine.
Both have been recently listed in my etsy shop and if you click on the titles of the paintings you can read more about them.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Silk Painting with Dyscover

The photos below show the work done by members of Dyscover.

Today was my second visit to a Dyscover group. Dyscover is a charity aiming to help people with dysphasia through various courses and activities to help with communication. Dysphasia is a problem with communication, caused by damage by stroke injury or other illness, to the language centres in the brain.
I don't think anyone had tried silk painting before so it was all new. There were several volunteers there to help each person.
Last week I showed some silk painting techniques and everyone tried them out on small pieces of silk. Some of these were made into cards.
Today each person had either a white silk tie or scarf to work on. The items were dampened first then colours painted or flicked on. The ties were done like this. Some added salt to make star or flower like patterns in the colour. The scarf above shows this technique.
The group was lovely and got stuck in quickly. I was really pleased with the results.
At the end I got 2 kisses and a thumbs up.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Tiger Stripes

This is what I have been working on over the week end. It is a commision and is to be worn at a wedding in Finland.

The pink tiger below is for sale in my etsy shop

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Blogaversary Post

Today is my blogaversary! I have been writing this blog for a year now. Thanks for reading and leaving me your comments. This blog's non identcal twin Raspberry and Chipotle shares this date.
The picture above is another that I did of Reid's Palace. It is the view from the Royal Savoy.( See yesterday's post)
I used a blue aquarelle pencil for the drawing and then brushed on some water to create washes. I was inspired by the lovely blue and white tiles called azulejos that are to be seen in Madeira and mainland Portugal.
We visited the Casa Museo de Frederico de Freitos where there is an amazing extensive collection of decorative tiles.