The Little Things

When I walk in nature, I find beauty in the little things… seeds, cedar berries, broken chunks of rocks. Those tend to catch my eye and we begin a conversation of sorts. A quiet exchange to thank the Creator and each other. I love to fold these tiny things into my paintings, like wheat kernels, knowing each represents a miracle. A reminder, that small things well nurtured can become great one day.

Sandstone for Mark Making

Creating with the help from the Cretaceous period. Using some prairie sandstone for mark making on stone texture. Our dark brown, iron oxide sandstone is left over from an ancient ocean.

New Mortar and Pestle

Just received this sturdy mortar and pestle to ground fresh prairie stones.

Hand foraged pigments

It is rattlesnake season, so I have to watch my step, but I found the most amazing lilac hued stones amid an outcropping of limestone and sandstone. I love grinding pigments and seeing what magic they produce on canvas. I used them to create Pale Moonlit Field.

Cottonwood Ash Speaks to Renewal

Some branches off the Cottonwood tree recently fell in a storm, and I used their leaves and buds to make ash. Cottonwoods are said to whisper life’s answers to you, and are regarded as a sacred tree by indigenous people.

Repurposing Paint Jars

This old Atlas mason jar holds paint water nicely and makes me smile. I think it came from a stash in my Great Grandmother’s home.

Natural Grasses Disperse Paint

Little Blue Stem and other native grasses are a natural way to disperse paint and create texture.

Spring Snow Melt Yields Paint Water

It snowed last night on the prairie land and I woke up to 11 degrees. On a positive note, I was able to collect some fresh snow for a special painting. I find that earth elements invigorate pieces and add nature’s spirit.

Stone Art Tools

I like to use local rocks for mark making, using earthen materials influences the paintings in a lovely way. This is gypsum from Russell County, KS.