Watercolorist Carries On Centuries-Old Tradition by Painting Ethereal Designs on Silk

Botanical Watercolor Painting on Silk by Diane Hill

Chinese silk painting has enchanted art-lovers for centuries. In fact, Europeans in the 1700s were so fond of the tradition that they commissioned Chinese artists to create these paintings in a style called Chinoiserie. London-based artist Diane Hill is carrying on the beauty of these decorative arts in her own series of botanical watercolor paintings on silk paper.

“I became particularly interested in antique Chinoiserie wallpapers for their bright bold patterns and scenic storytelling,” Hill tells My Modern Met. “During a trip to China, I learned the unique skill of watercolor painting using natural Chinese brushes on silk paper. I pay meticulous attention to achieving beautifully blended gradients which give my paintings a sense of depth, as well as ultra-fine details using precision brushes.”

The luminous texture of the silk enhances Hill's ethereal designs and smooth brushstrokes. Her nature-inspired compositions vary from sprawling landscapes, replete with trees and cranes, to more dec0rative still life scenes of flowers and fruits. Each one, however, features the artist's distinct, dreamy style and pastel color palette.

You can purchase prints, phone cases, and original art via Hill's website, and keep up to date with her latest projects by following the artist on Instagram.

London-based artist Diane Hill creates exquisite watercolor paintings of flowers and animals on silk paper.

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Watch these videos for more insight into Hill's process:

 

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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