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Tulipa 'Absalon' Watercolour on Kelmscott Vellum

 "On a technical level this body of work, created over more than two years, represents a virtuoso feat of painting in watercolour on vellum, a challenging medium due to its non-absorbent surface. Using the most transparent rating of Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolours, Strickland paints meticulously and slowly, using a ‘dry brush’ technique to layer multiple translucent and subtly different shades to suggest variations in temperature and tone. This technique allows light to penetrate though the paint surface, suffusing it with a glowing quality as it reflects from the off-white surface of the vellum below, akin in technique and feel to a precious medieval enamel."'