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Inspired by the many accents that are found within traditional maiolica paintings. These make great ornaments for the home, office, vehicle or the holiday tree. For those of us who can't resist reading an epic novel old-school style, they make great book marks too!
Designs available include Gold Grid, White Flower or Blue Vine. Each ornament is signed on the reverse side and adorned with a 100% pure silk ribbon in a coordinating color. Artist signed on reverse.
Since each is painted completely freehand slight variations are to be expected and should be considered the sign of uniqueness that's present in all handcrafted items.
21. Set of 3
Original or Print: This is an original painting. This is not a print.
Measurements: Almost 1" x 5" (excluding ribbon). Acrylic on 140 lb. artist's paper.
Watermarks: The gray watermarks in the photo are not on the actual painting.
Finding a way for my business to survive since I can't do henna during the pandemic compelled me to expand my art to another freehand medium to still add beauty to the world.
I dove into my Sicilian heritage and found inspiration in the art style the Mediterranean is renowned for - Maiolica - and coupled that with my decades of art + painting experience.
My maiolica style paintings use the same vibrant palette, color combinations and design motifs that are found in the Italian folk art pottery. I also employ the same design creation techniques. Each starts with a freehand sketch based on extensive research that ensures composition authenticity and historical accuracy. The sketch, used as a pattern, is transferred to the canvas. Pattern use ensures that if multiples are needed they will look very similar thus creating a set. I then hand paint my design using professional quality acrylic paints on canvas, wood, stone or heavy weight 140 lb. artist's paper. The entire process can take hours if not days to complete.
Finally the art is signed. Genuine maiolica pottery often includes the artist’s last name, company name, town, country and “dipinto a mano” which means “hand painted”. You'll see my paintings include my Sicilian maiden name, Platania, and islandgirlhenna. I chose the business name Island Girl Henna in 2009 to signify being an islander who does henna body art. It just so happens that my family's from Henna on the island of Sicily, so "islandgirlhenna" is a serendipitous compliment to my art signature. Ironically the word henna translates into John (English/ Hebrew), of which the feminine diminutive form is my name, Jeanette. How cool is that?!