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:

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 softer version. There is also the richly coloured version, and a rough in black ink on a textured handmade paper. 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. I have the paper made to this size to get the deckled edges which adds to the textural effect. 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.
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Materials used:

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

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