Dancing with a goldfinch (2016)
Watercolours by Phyllis Mahon


  • Watercolours, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 11.81 × 16.54 × 0 in (unframed) / 11.81 × 16.54 in (actual image size)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Phyllis Mahon

United Kingdom

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Artist's description:

The goldfinches in my garden are my favourite birds and I hang lots of bird-feeders on the cherry tree for them, filled with niger seed. I love to watch them while I am working or reading. They always flutter in a little squabbling frenzy - delightful. This little painting in watercolour is a follow on to Feeding goldfinches in the snow and is a woman dancing as a goldfinch, and with the bird's dramatic colouring.

A girl wearing a white transparent dress has her hands raised in the air, lirfting up her hair like a goldfinch's wings. Her colouring mirrors the goldfinches - black, red, brown, yellow in her hair; white in her dress with a little bit of golden gouache to correspond to the bird's brightness ... one little goldfinch is catching her gaze, flying high above her.

The photos show the deckled edge of the paper, the shiny gold gouache (at an angle), as well as the painting placed in my home.

Graphite, watercolour and gold gouache sketch on grey Khadi paper.

I wanted to show off the lovely soft grey shade of the paper so that forms the basic colour of the painting.

Size: A3 / approximately 12 x 17 inches
Khadi handmade cotton rag paper from India - 210 gsm paper with a lovely 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