What dimensions is the silk habotai and when choosing to work with gutta lines as you do, is there a rough size canvas you need in order to make shapes that work with the viscosity of the gutta?
The minimum dimensions are 30” x 40”, but I actually prefer 40” x 50”. The reasons is that a larger canvas allows for more complex gutta designs, and it is a lot easier to work in a larger format when using silk as a medium.
When creating the bow ties, what was the most difficult aspect of painting a form which wasn't natural but inspired by man made textiles?
I had no difficulty in incorporating the bow ties, I simply see them, as I do in all my creations, as part of a Dream. I create art based on my childhood experiences and that connection to beautiful things, and the bow ties were very exciting in colour and design.
How long did you roughly spend on each stage, from sketching to gutta to painting to finishing?
This sketch did not take too long because most of the composition had been established already from another painting, but normally this is the hardest part and usually takes up to a week just to create a rough composition. The wax lines take 4 – 6 hours and the actual painting of the piece 6 hours. When painting with liquid pigments it is very important to work fast, and you only have one chance to apply the colours without making any mistakes as once the colour goes on it can’t come out.
|Creating gutta lines for the bows and butterfly|
Can you tell us about the paints you used on this particular work - did you mix the colours yourself and roughly what paint colours did you choose to start with?
The paints are water based liquid pigment created for silk. I did all the testing of the colours and quality for the Toronto based company over the last decade. I always mix colours by starting to paint the more exciting parts of the design. I mix colours like a chef mixes seasonings, by feel.
|The mixing pots of dyes for silks|
Given you have now covered fish, plants, inspects and more, is there are particular part of nature that keeps you coming back to it?
My art keeps getting better, by that I mean that as I am getting more mature my observations of nature are becoming more detailed, and I find myself doing old subjects but with more passion and expression.
If someone wished to a collaborative work with you, are you available for commissions?
I am available for commissioned collaborative work.
Many great artists have always done a painting on the fruit bowl - it seems to be a rite of passage - have you done your fruit bowl yet?
I have done fruit bowl paintings, this was part of my early work when I was in my teens. If I did one today it would have to be something never seen before.
|Stage 2, painting the bows|
Can you tell us any new projects you have in the pipeline?
I am working on a project in the Bahamas, a private client has commissioned quite a few large pieces. My main focus right now is to re open my studio estate in in St. Lucia. Now that I live most of the year in Canada I have find myself really missing the art market that I had created on the island, so the plan is to reestablish this exotic location and to start building cottages on some of my choice locations that I own to create an art destination.
|Daniel's house in St. Lucia|
And now to see Daniel at work, please click on the video below.