Swallows - Lilly Greenwood

Image of Swallows - Lilly Greenwood

Painting: Acrylic, Paint, Paper, Ink and Varnish on Canvas - Lilly Greenwood

Size: 24 H x 48 W x 1.5 in

Swallows gathering on the wires, evoking feelings of chatter and activity before a great journey. The feeling of 'what is about to come' is heightened by the stormy skies approaching - or perhaps the storm has already been weathered.

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 which cannot be easily portrayed via photography, and some surface texture/relief as a result of the layered collage material.

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.