This original painting is done on habotai silk by hand. I wanted to capture the light breaking through the west coast sky after the rain. For some reason, this rock attracts a large number of cormorants, and they gather here to gossip and air out wings. The painting has been prepared for hanging with loops to attach it to your choice of hanger. After the initial drawing (done with gutta), I use acrylic paints to complete the picture. This makes the painting light-resistant, so that it can be hung in a window, as a “faux stained glass” feature in your home! There is no need to frame the painting. The silk is tough; the Chinese used to use it for armour, after all! Care of the piece is simple. Creases can be removed with a steam iron on the silk setting (be sure that the signature is backwards on the ironing board), and it can be cleaned in cold water with gentle cleanser and laid flat to dry.