Swallows at Sunrise Painting by Lily Greenwood

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Swallows at Sunrise

Lily Greenwood

United Kingdom

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Swallows gathering on the wires, evoking feelings of chatter and activity before a great journey. This canvas is also a celebration of natural beauty, a wide open sky with the beautiful colours of a breaking dawn. Lily has developed a unique way of working, using her own paintings as collage material on a canvas. Here the birds are meticulously painted, reproduced, and cut, ready to use on a canvas. The background is painted with acrylics. The use of collage allows the freedom to play with the composition in a way which would otherwise be impossible, allowing quick changes until a design is settled upon. When the birds are fixed in place, washes of ink have been applied. Finally, a glossy varnish enhances color, adds protection, and offers an opulent shine. Please be aware that this canvas has a glossy finish, and some surface texture/relief as a result of the layered collage material. Please look at the additional photos for a close up view of the gloss finish. Nature is common to all of Lily's work, however she would never claim to offer gritty realism. Lily describes it more like focusing on an aspect of its beauty and running with it, seeing where it can be taken. Simplicity is key, which to Lily means creating something which people can hopefully take some pleasure and enjoyment from. The canvas is stretched around a deep edged wooden frame with painted sides, making framing unnecessary. Ready to hang.

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Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper

Saatchi Art Limited Edition of:100

Size:12 W x 8 H x 0.1 D in

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Lily has been painting professionally since 2006, exhibiting widely throughout the UK during that time, and now features in collections worldwide - including Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Australia. Lily exhibited overseas for the first time in 2012, with two shows in Barcelona, and one in Amsterdam. She now works from her home studio in Cumbria, just to the north of the Lake District. Lily's work reflects a love of nature, instilled from an early age. Original paintings are inspired by multitude in nature (flocks, shoals, gatherings...) and the flow of that multitude, in glorified representations. Lily’s paintings usually employ an element of collage material, however rather than found material, Lily uses paper copies of her own painting studies. For example, butterflies are meticulously hand-painted, then reproduced, cut, and arranged in a composition on the canvas. Washes of inks are applied, and sometimes additional painted or drawn details, before a clear gloss varnish secures the work and adds an opulent lustre. Work is often oriental in style; Lily is greatly influenced by eighteenth century printmakers such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, and Japanese kimono design. Lily is interested in finding out what it takes to create an appealing aesthetic - how to create a 'flow' and an energy. For Lily this involves striking a balance between presence and absence, dark and light, one colour next to another, symmetry and asymmetry, adding and taking away until something is 'right'. Lily would be happy to discuss commissioned pieces.

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