Roughly a year ago, Awen began smacking me upside the head to do a series of paintings for the elements. (It’s true, sometimes Awen hurts.) I’ve obviously been sitting on this inspiration for a while now, but I think the brew’s been boiling for long enough.
At the last full moon, I scoured the conservation land for as many different types of leaves as I could get my grubby little Ovate hands on. The results were: four types of oak (red, white, black, pin), American chestnut, staghorn sumac, hawthorn, striped and red maple, sassafras, fern, birch, and beech.
I pressed them between the pages of the Oxford Classical Dictionary (yes, its abbreviation really is OCD) for two weeks while my brain played with the patterns. Finally, in a rare two hours of free time, I prepped the canvas board with acrylics and began arranging the leaves. Where they didn’t contact the wet paint directly, I used PVA glue to secure them.
The next step was to fashion a stencil that could be used on all four paintings for the elemental symbols. Once it was in place, I used metallic gold spray paint to create the Earth motif. Finally I cleaned up the edges with various shades of Sharpie to make the gold really pop. This was the final result.
Next stop: Water.
2 thoughts on “Element Earth”
Ooh this beautiful 🙂 When I first saw the first green painting on my WP reader I wondered whether you were going for a Rothko style. I prefer the end product.
Thank you! It’s funny that you mention Rothko–when I was 7 or 8, I loved his stuff (maybe because I felt like it was art that I could do?). Now…yeah, I like my messy leaves better, too. 😀