Sunflower Gloriana

I love late summer, because the prairie land is blanketed with sunflowers. They grow wild here in great bunches on thick green stalks. Before the wind changes to the north, nature provides us this one last show of glorious color to remind us of her goodness. My rendition has undulating stone texture, deep layers of rust, salt and acrylic. May it inspire happiness. Canvas is 1.5 inch gallery wrapped and ready to hang.

Mudpie Moon

The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumn equinox, a brightly lit orb to illuminate the field. Nature’s gift to help us be industrious to gather in our work before a season of rests sets in. It is one of my favorite moons, an orange lantern ascending from the Eastern sky. My whimsical rendition is painted in the days leading up to the moon. I made it large and glorious with two types of stone texture, rust, salt, Kansas clay, cedar ash and acrylic. It is smudged with purifying wild sage. May it inspire wonder and play. Canvas is 1.5 inch gallery wrapped and ready to hang.

The Blue Flower

Blue flowers are unique and rare, symbolizing a journey to discover ourselves. A longing to find our place in the world and find beauty in all things. My rendition has undulating stone texture with rust, rainwater, acrylic, oil stick and sea salt. It is smudged with cleansing wild sage. May it inspire peaceful meditation on love and life. Sold to an amazing family.

Moonrise over the Bones of the Earth

Moonrise over the Bones of the Earth invites you to wander timeless stones and bathe in solace-giving winds. It’s inspired by the vast limestone deposits of Kansas, evidence of an ancient ocean long gone. May it nudge you toward a place deeply rooted in age and wisdom. Features a spiral moonrise of stone hearkening to ancient petroglyphs, the symbol of eternity. With iron oxidized to rust, topsoil, charcoal and beeswax. 

Happy Like a Zinnia

Zinnias are flowers of endurance. I like their style, bright and joyful in the face of searing summer heat. Because not much stops a zinnia, they were my flower of choice in my childhood gardening days. I couldn’t wait to see what colors the flower packets produced. This painting is a homage to simple pleasures. My rendition of a zinnia is made of very thick stone texture, oxidized iron, charcoal, limestone, a few rose petals and acrylic. May it inspire you to find the bright side in life.

Blue Moon

Growing up on the Kansas prairie strongly influenced my love of nature. Here it is so dark that the moon takes center stage amid a canopy of stars, inspiring wishes in the hushed silence. It inspired a new series of minimal moons featuring an orb of heavy stone on canvas molded with organic grain to form hundreds of tiny craters. I add a wee bit of purifying salt, oxidized iron and the cleansing smoke of white sage to inspire hopes and dreams.

Anchorite Crosses

simple crosses

In the ancient faith, an anchoress retired from the world to lead a prayer-focused life. She took a vow of place, promising to dwell alone in a cell of solitude and prayer. Anchoress Julian of Norwich was such as person. She received visions that even in tribulation, all shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well. In this busy world, how lovely it is to find our own peaceful place of contemplation from time to time. I made these crosses of heavy stone embedded with grain, acrylic, Kansas salt, oxidized iron and the protective smoke of prairie cedar to inspire solace and hope.

New Pieces at Kansas Earth & Sky Candle Company

If spring cleaning bites you with the decorating bug, please drop by the Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Company in Ellinwood for a new flower power painting lovingly made with earth materials.

All Things are Mended

Then I discovered the prairie, and a slow healing began.  Stephen R. Jones, The Last Prairie
For a short while before the heated winds arrive, the prairie greens up. In the eastern part of Kansas, the spring land is managed by burning the pasture to sweep away old growth and strengthen the root system. A healing begins quite suddenly, as the scorched earth quickly gives way to a vista of intoxicating growth. Here is nature’s reminder that all things are mended. For this piece, I began work in the late afternoon of the spring equinox before the full moon rose, letting it gather that celestial energy of the transition. It has hand-laid stone texture embedded with grain, oxidized iron, acrylic and the ash of Eastern Red Cedar and Indian grass.

O’Life Prosper Me

“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky.” American author, Willa Cather
That’s how I think of the American Prairie, a great underpinning to the firmament. The land here is a deep plain of inky soil from which life springs and prospers. I painted this piece at the time of the spring equinox, when the wheel of the year turns toward life. To symbolize this great greening from the depths, I created a canvas of handmade stone texture embedded with Kansas grain, then applied layers of thick, tarry earth pigments, oxidized iron and airy acrylic. It’s blended and eroded with natural stone slabs. Together, the elements remind us shed that which no longer serves and grow.