Scarves, Incense, Statues, Devotion at the foot of the tree (2013)
Painting by Gordon Tardio


  • Painting, Paper
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 21 × 31 in (unframed)
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Artist's description:

I find it interesting that in this part of the world you can find trees as shrines. Something to do with honoring the spirits of the tree, more likely wanting favours from such a spirit or angel. It’s still always about what do I get out of it in the end isn’t it…
The cloth is scarves. Here again an old tradition of honouring with a scarf.
This is a common scene in Thailand and even trees in the big cities will sometimes be turned into shrines.
I have also done a smaller and tidy version of this idea that I have posted here earlier.
Here the angle interests me for the painting. The statues, one statue and I think one incense holder, to identify the theme, and fill the paper with a colorful mass of drippy shapes .
The paper I use is a traditional mulberry paper handmade in Thailand. The 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 better feel for the texture and brush strokes of the painting.
I include here a good picture of the work in its early stages giving a glimpse of how I work. More of this type of pictures on my fb link.
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Materials used:

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

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