Materials and Techniques

The Peony Girl practices Gongbi, a realist style of classic Chinese painting. She also paints in oil or mixed media to create a fusion of the East and the West. All signed limited edition prints are gicleé prints on German Etching paper. We currently research the most sustainable materials for our fashion face masks.

The Gongbi Technique

I practice Gongbi 工笔/工筆 which is a realist style of classic Chinese painting with meticulous and precise brushstrokes, oppose to Xieyi 写意/寫意 meaning “sketching thoughts” with interpretive and expressive freehand brushstrokes. Traditionally Gongbi paintings are created in ink and pigments.

Oils & Mixed Media

Oil paints are creamy and scrumptious. It’s very satisfying for me to use oils to create my flower paintings since it gives me a different texture and vibrancy than the flat Chinese ink and pigments. I also like to mix different media together to create a fusion of the West and the Orient.

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Peonies from Wisley Garden - The Peony Girl
Peonies from Wisley Garden - The Peony Girl
Peonies from Wisley Garden - The Peony Girl
Peonies from Wisley Garden - The Peony Girl
Peonies from Wisley Garden - The Peony Girl
Peonies from Wisley Garden - The Peony Girl

Peonies from Wisley Garden

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This painting continues the art project experiment of ink, pigments, chalk paint, wax, and oil on wood panels. This is the fourth in a series of paintings within this art project. The earlier paintings are: Melody of Tranquility (Sold), Sunset Rest, and Outside the Vase (Sold). 

This painting is set out to create a painting within a painting. The two golden peonies (tree peony) on the velvety red are two wall paintings hung closely together, created with Chinese Gongbi techniques.

On the foreground, those peonies are herbaceous and intersectional peonies. They represent the wonderful memories of meeting Billy (Binny Plants) at the Peony Trial at Wisley Garden in 2018. Billy subsequently invited me to exhibit my fine art at his stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, where I was very fortunate to meet Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Given that this year both RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Wisley Garden Flower Show have had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, I decided to create this painting of peonies to mark these significant summer events that are sadly missing from the British Summer Social Season. 

To read the story behind the painting, click here.

 

Size: 40cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 0.5 (D)

Signed limited edition fine art prints are available on demand. Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us for other sizes. 

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A Peony Bouquet In The Moonlight - The Peony Girl
A Peony Bouquet In The Moonlight - The Peony Girl
A Peony Bouquet In The Moonlight - The Peony Girl

A Peony Bouquet In The Moonlight

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This painting is an experiment of different media on both silk and canvas. The white flower was created with Chinese ink and pigments on silk before attached to the dark background on canvas. The rest was developed in oil to form a depth.

Size: 60cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 1cm (D)

The peonies in this fine art painting are basking in the glow of the moonlight giving it a subdued and melancholy affect as one can feel it is almost reaching for the last rays of light before the darkness of the late evening. It was one of a series of 3 in this experiment.

Signed limited edition fine art prints are available on demand. Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us for other sizes. 

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Splendour - The Peony Girl
Splendour - The Peony Girl
Splendour - The Peony Girl

Splendour

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This painting is an experiment of different media on both silk and canvas. The red and pink flowers were first created with Chinese ink and pigments on silk, before mounted onto the canvas, finished off with oil to form a 3D effect.

Size: 60cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 1cm (D)

I can think of no better word than splendour to describe this painting. One of my favourite past times is to visit the wonderful properties of the National Trust. I was in a well known country house and seen this splendid bouquet of flowers in their oriental room! It was one of those moments of sheer delight that my ancestry and my new home country fused in my imagination.

Signed limited edition fine art prints are available on demand. Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us.

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Rising above the Silt - The Peony Girl
Rising above the Silt - The Peony Girl
Rising above the Silt - The Peony Girl

Rising above the Silt

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This painting is an experiment of different media on both silk and canvas. The waterlily was created with Chinese ink and pigments on silk to emphasise its purity. The rest was developed with a mix of oil and ink, to form a heavy texture, creating a contrast with the waterlily.

“Rising above the Silt” is a Chinese phrase depicting water lily grows out of muddy water, but has kept its purity. This implies the virtuous of integrity. 

This painting has won the major prize of The Yellow Book Project (nationwide) to help support mental wellbeing.

Size: 60cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 1cm (D)

Signed limited edition fine art prints are available on demand. Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us.

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Sunset Rest - The Peony Girl
Sunset Rest - The Peony Girl
Sunset Rest - The Peony Girl

Sunset Rest

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The sun shining through the french window on an empty armchair. Are the peony flowers the wallpaper behind the armchair, or a wonderland outside the window? Is the armchair waiting for you quietly, or you just left leaving it in its wonderland?

The painting was created with Chinese ink and pigments, wax and oil on wood panel over 20 hours

Size: 40cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 0.5 (D)

Signed limited edition fine art prints are available on demand. Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us for other sizes. 

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Outside the Vase - The Peony Girl
Outside the Vase - The Peony Girl
Outside the Vase - The Peony Girl
Outside the Vase - The Peony Girl

Outside the Vase

Regular price £145.00
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We are sorry but another collector has purchased this painting already. It is available now as signed limited edition prints.

Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us for other sizes.

The chrysanthemums were painted with traditional Chinese method, and sealed with wax, on top of which the vase, the table and the clothes were painted in oil. This method helps to bring out the three-dimensional effect.

The vase is empty longing for flowers; but the flowers on the wall live in a different world. They seem so close, but yet so far apart.

The painting was created with Chinese ink and pigments, wax and oil on wood panel over 20 hours

Size: 40cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 0.5 (D)

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Melody of Tranquility - The Peony Girl
Melody of Tranquility - The Peony Girl
Melody of Tranquility - The Peony Girl
Melody of Tranquility - The Peony Girl

Melody of Tranquility

Regular price £145.00
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We are sorry but another collector has purchased this painting already. It is available now as signed limited edition prints.

Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: A4, 30 x 40cm, 40 x 50cm. Please contact us for other sizes.

The peony flowers and the birds of heaven were created in the traditional Chinese method, and sealed with wax, on top of which the piano was painted with oil. This brings out the three-dimensional effect.

This painting quietly celebrates the beauty of melancholy.

I am proud to have won the major prize of NHS Leicestershire Trust - The Yellow Book Project to help support mental wellbeing.

The painting was created with Chinese ink and pigments, wax and oil on wood panel over 20 hours

Size: 40cm (H) x 30cm (W) x 0.5 (D)

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Fine Art Prints

We offer high quality signed limited edition fine art prints on all my original paintings. They are reproduction Gicleé prints on German Etching paper.

What is Gicleé print?

Gicleé print is an inkjet printing process often used for fine art reproductions. Gicleé is a French word for spray which is exactly how the ink pigments are created on archival paper. The difference between a gicleé print and a digital print is that gicleé prints last for a long time. That’s why this printing process is widely used for fine art prints. 

To qualify for a gicleé prints, it needs to meet the following four criteria:


1. Resolution - The original piece of art should be professionally scanned or photographed at 300 dpi or higher resolution.

2. Ink - The ink must be pigmented (not dye). There also needs to be 8 or more different colored pigmented inks used in the printer.

3. Paper - The paper must be 100% archival. With that said there are a wide variety of materials available for giclee printing (as long as it’s archival) such as: canvas, gloss paper, mat paper, velvet paper, watercolor textured paper, and specialty artisan paper.

4. Printer - The printer itself must be a wide format inkjet printer. (This is not your everyday household office printer).

What’s German Etching Paper?

We have chosen German Etching paper to reproduce my fine art. It’s a type of paper produced by Hahnemühle and is a patented traditional mould-made copperplate printing paper. It’s a perfect choice for the gicleé printing process and able to show the vibrancy of the inkjet colours on a velvety surface. Some of my reproductions look like the original art to an untrained eye. You can check the technical details of this paper on Hahnemühle’s website.

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Chilled Passion - The Peony Girl
Chilled Passion - The Peony Girl
Chilled Passion - The Peony Girl

Chilled Passion

Regular price £249.00
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We are sorry but another collector has purchased this painting already. It is available now as signed limited edition prints.

Fine art prints are using giclée printing technique on German Etching paper leaving the prints look like an original painting.

Print sizes available: 60 x 30cm. Please contact us for other sizes.

Blooming peonies in the full moon. It's a scene of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Day in a romantic and idealistic sense because peonies flower in spring. The blooming peonies with the autumn moon often put together to represent prosperity and perfection of life. 

The painting was created with pigments and ink on rice paper over 20 hours. 

Size (including the frame): 139cm x 67cm

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