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THE ART OF HOLLY ALP  www.hollyalp.co.uk  
Nature   is   my   biggest   inspiration,   with   often   the   tiniest   detail   inspiring   my   biggest   pieces.   Birds   fluttering,   flowers   blooming,   animals poised and ready to pounce and falling leaves cascading can all be seen captured in my art. I   have   always   been   fascinated   how   gold   leaf   has   been   used   to   adorn   and   embellish   artefacts   for   centuries.   It   has   been   an   amazing   journey to   learn   different   techniques   and   how   this   ancient   art   form   can   be   modernised   to   create   new   possibilities.   I   love   the   reflective   properties that   leafing   creates.   Great   care   however   must   be   taken   not   to   overwork   the   leaf,   with   often   over   20   layers   of   varnish,   acrylic   glaze   and   ink being incorporated into a single painting. I   have   all   my   boards   made   to   my   own   specification,   which   means   each   painting   is   pre-planned   and   scaled   before   I   start.   Whilst   metal   leaf creates   layers   and   bounces   the   light   beautifully,   it   is   not   a   forgiving   medium.   You   cannot   erase   mistakes   like   you   can   on   paper,   meaning paintings often take on a life of their own, with a further challenge being to know when to stop adding more details and layers!
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Nature    is    my    biggest    inspiration,    with    often    the    tiniest detail   inspiring   my   biggest   pieces.   Birds   fluttering,   flowers blooming,   animals   poised   and   ready   to   pounce   and   falling leaves cascading can all be seen captured in my art. I   have   always   been   fascinated   how   gold   leaf   has   been   used to   adorn   and   embellish   artefacts   for   centuries.   It   has   been an   amazing   journey   to   learn   different   techniques   and   how this   ancient   art   form   can   be   modernised   to   create   new possibilities.    I    love    the    reflective    properties    that    leafing creates.   Great   care   however   must   be   taken   not   to   overwork the   leaf,   with   often   over   20   layers   of   varnish,   acrylic   glaze and ink being incorporated into a single painting. I   have   all   my   boards   made   to   my   own   specification,   which means   each   painting   is   pre-planned   and   scaled   before   I start.    Whilst    metal    leaf    creates    layers    and    bounces    the light   beautifully,   it   is   not   a   forgiving   medium.   You   cannot erase   mistakes   like   you   can   on   paper,   meaning   paintings often   take   on   a   life   of   their   own,   with   a   further   challenge being    to    know    when    to    stop    adding    more    details    and layers!  
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