Anthuriums. Arches acid-free deckled paper 22.5×30” 57x76cm, 300lb 650gm
Grainy, solid organic wood chosen for the frame
Anji and Rick bought one of my large, deckle-edged watercolours of Anthuriums on one of their frequent visits to Antigua. They took it back with them to their apartment in England, and Anji explains the framing process:
“Our home is situated on the water’s edge in a harbour, south-facing, with an amazing amount of light. Highlighting colour and the essential elements of the Caribbean was very important. The accent wall is lime green, which brings out beautifully the less obvious centre of Gilly’s beautiful watercolour. The mount proved more difficult. I wanted to complement the picture but also the texture of the heavy (650gm 300lb) Arches paper it is on. Traditional cardboard matting did not do it justice and I could not source the right colour. Frustrated but not beaten, the idea of using raw silk came into my mind. The resulting combination of the three different but complemenatry textures was perfect: the weave of the green raw silk, the grain of the dark solid organic wood frame, setting off the rough finish of the paper and the colours of the painted image.
The textured weave of the raw silk
We feel we have honoured Gilly’s watercolour in the way it deserves. We live and love it every day.”