Paintings on Silk  
About Painting on Silk
Painting on silk using wax resist techniques and various colorants has been documented back to the second century A.D.  Gutta resist, a clear thick liquid harvested from the pallaquium tree and then refined is a more recent development.  The gutta resist technique may have originiated in the Indonesian Islands, where the pallaquium tree grows.  When applied to silk, gutta withstands dye and keeps the dye from spreading.  Silk painitng made its way from India and Java to Euope and eventually to America.  In the 1920's, painting on silk became very popular in France but it wasn't until the 1970's that silk painting really began to be popularized by artists in the United States.  I use French dyes and the gutta resist technique, also called the serti technique, to produce my paintings.  I like using the very intense dyes on the luminous silk.  When the paintings are matted on a white background the opacity increases and the dyes become even more intense. 
Art by Lorraine  Chapman
  1. Still Life with Blue Bottle
    Still Life with Blue Bottle
    $900 26.5 x 24.5
  2. The Dance
    The Dance
    $1400 34 x 28
  3. Succulents/Blue Pot
    Succulents/Blue Pot
    $1500 34.75 x 30
  4. Yellow Bird
    Yellow Bird
    $650 19 x 20
  5. Persimmons III
    Persimmons III
    $975 30.25 x 26.75
  6. Resist
    $1800 33 x 36
  7. Three Crows
    Three Crows
    $1700 28.5 x 30.5
  8. Autumn
    $2000 36 x 38.5