The winner of The Baohong Artists’ Watercolour Paper Prize for a Member is Lillias August RI for her painting ‘Tied Up in Knots’
I’ve done many paintings of everyday things and what could be more ordinary than string? Usually when I paint rows of objects I hang them up by pieces of cotton so that they are right in front of me when I work. I often don’t paint the cotton and the pictures end up looking like I’m looking down on the objects on the floor. This time I left those bits of cotton in as they seemed to tie in with the subject so well. So what could be more ordinary than bits of string collected over the years – all have done their job and been discarded but were essential at some point. Different textures, different colours, different shapes, different sizes – what could be more interesting to paint and what will the whole thing mean to those that look at it?