Monks on Morning almsround, Thailand (1999)
Watercolours by Gordon Tardio


  • Watercolours, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 8 × 11 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Artist's description:

pen & ink on handmade thai mulberry paper(kada sa), 8 x 11 in., 20 x 28 cm.

Another painting from the archives! This idea is inspired from my time spent at a temple in eastern Thailand. Wat Pananachat is a well known forest monastery, with English as its main working language. I was fortunate to spend a month there serving the monks, meditating, etc. It also ignited the idea to draw the robes, monks, a theme I still like to come back to every now and again. Here is an early attempt in 3 versions. This is the a rough in black ink on a textured handmade paper. There is also a softer version, and a the richly coloured version. . Each is posted separately.
The paper I use is a traditional mulberry paper handmade in Thailand. Mulberry leaves are used there to feed the silkworm in the silk industry, the sticks used to make the paper. The resulting paper is a thick parchment paper, strong yet pliable. The close up picture is of higher resolution to be able to get a feel for the texture of the paper and brush strokes of the painting.
Interested to have your idea painted in this style? Maybe a fave portrait, people or activities, a storyboard collage from a recent travel, or event? Contact me.
Please note that you can purchase in one order up to 6 paintings of this same size (small painting category) or smaller to be included in the same 1 shipping fee.
Packaging for my small paintings like this one is sealed in plastic sleeve, sealed in a padded hard plastic file case, and envelope covering.
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Materials used:

acrylic colour on handmade Thai mulberry paper (kada sa), deckled edge

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