Oak

Oak

Indian ink resist on tissutex abaca fibre paper
Unique
60 x 90cm

The ancient proto-Indo European word ‘dorw’, meaning ‘oak’, was the precursor of many related words used today in languages as diverse as Gaelic and Sanskrit with meanings reflecting the enduring and fixed character of the tree. This image of an oak investigates some of these relationships.

The technique used to create this image involves creating a resist by using thick gouache paint and then overworking with Indian ink. The whole is then washed thoroughly, leaving only the ink. The effect is similar to a woodcut. This is usually only possible on very heavyweight paper because of the washing process, but the lightweight tissutex paper has an amazing wet strength that allows the same treatment. I liked the idea of creating an image of something massive and enduring on such delicate paper.
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Oak

Oak
Indian ink resist on tissutex abaca fibre paper
Unique
60 x 90cm

The ancient proto-Indo European word ‘dorw’, meaning ‘oak’, was the precursor of many related words used today in languages as diverse as Gaelic and Sanskrit with meanings reflecting the enduring and fixed character of the tree. This image of an oak investigates some of these relationships.

The technique used to create this image involves creating a resist by using thick gouache paint and then overworking with Indian ink. The whole is then washed thoroughly, leaving only the ink. The effect is similar to a woodcut. This is usually only possible on very heavyweight paper because of the washing process, but the lightweight tissutex paper has an amazing wet strength that allows the same treatment. I liked the idea of creating an image of something massive and enduring on such delicate paper.