Title and description of exhibition: “Stuff Of Earth” - Varied work and media, celebrating the natural world both as subject matter and as tools and media in the creative process: drawings, paintings, collage incorporating found objects such as sticks, weeds, lichen, leaves, berries, grass, earth, flowers and more.
One of my favorite things I did during the summer leading up to the show was finger paint with mud. Various samples of earth with different hues, including mud near the fire pit, charcoal and ash, mixed with acrylic medium as a binder.
I also enjoyed experimenting with 'painting' with leaves and flowers scrubbed on bristol board. I focused midsummer on my prairie garden, gathering leaves and blooms and then rendering the garden views itself using those plant offerings.
These colors were often surprisingly different from the appearance of the plant parts. How they hold their color over time will be interesting to see. These particular works may not all be stellar artwork, but the process is as much a part of the art as the end product.
I also created some new, smaller collages for this show, focusing on use of sticks and weeds and seeds and leaves as components with the various torn papers.
Here is a sampling of these experimental works included in the show: