It is a custom in the old world to light bonfires around May 1 (half way between the spring equinox and summer solstice) to protect cattle and crops. This rural practice marked the beginning of pastoral summer. The celebration is called Beltane, and the smoke and ashes were thought to hold protective powers and encourage a good growing season. This painting marks the change in season, a time when cold gives way to warmth. It contains a variety of natural elements, including Kansas limestone, earth pigments, plant ash, charcoal, rust and rainwater. The stunning rose gold is copper mica. Together these elements symbolize transformation and growth. 48×36. Sold.