Shadow dance by starlight (2016)
Mixed Media painting by Phyllis Mahon


  • Mixed Media painting, Paper
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  • Size: 11.81 × 16.93 × 0 in (unframed) / 11.42 × 16.54 in (actual image size)
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  • Signed on the front

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Phyllis Mahon

United Kingdom

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"Dancing with an imaginary man" has become a series which I return to time and again: this lastest image is a watercolour and gouache painting of a woman wearing a golden, red and white transparent swirling dress, imagining her beloved.
I love painting this theme; here he is a shadow accompanying her in a moonlit and starlit landscape with twin trees on the horizon which mirror the couple's companionship.

As I was working on her dress, adding little white dots to symbolise moonlight sparkling upon it, I suddenly remembered a story I once read, about the Indian God Shiva and the Goddess Parvati. Now I wanted to add more stars because I remembered the beautiful quote in a poem by the Hindu poet Svetaketu (whose verses became the Kama Sutra) ...
"What are the stars in our Universe but droplets of sweat flung off by the passion of their lovemaking?" So the white dots became more numerous to accompany the crescent moon.

Those romantic llines have inspired me greatly over the years, and also serve as a lovely link to my current obsession with painting on this beautiful Indian "Khadi" handmade paper which I have used on many of my works throughout 2016.

Graphite, watercolour and gold gouache on teal grey *Khadi paper.
I always want to show off the lovely colour of this delightful handmade paper therefore it forms the basic background colour and I have used gold gouache and red, white, black and russet watercolour. I've taken a photo at an angle to show off the shininess of the gold.

*Khadi handmade cotton rag paper is made in India - 210 gsm paper with a pretty deckled edge.
Posted flat, wrapped in tissue, in a reinforced envelope, sent by Tracked Postage.

Materials used:

graphite, watercolour, gold gouache, Khadi 210 gsm paper

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