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.

Three Sections of Grain

This piece is inspired by American Author Willa Cather who wrote in O Pioneers!, “We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it — for a little while.”
Farming on the Great Plains is divided neatly into sections, each 640 acres. Subdivided into halves and quarters. Viewed from the sky, the land is a patchwork of neatly cultivated squares of winter wheat, corn, beans and milo. This piece honors those who work the land, battling the elements to bring forth tiny seeds into harvest. It is not an easy profession, dependent upon the disposition of nature. But those who live off the land have a special relationship to it, an understanding that for a while, they are great stewards of this marvelous creation. The painting is constructed of handmade stone texture with embedded grain, plant ash, burnt cottonwood, Kansas soil, earth pigments and yellow-green acrylic with specks of puddely blue.

Where the Deer Run

I’m curious about deer. I often see them trod a familiar path to Fossil Lake, blending into the cedars as they move toward water. At dawn, they stand in the fallow field communing among the aged stalks of grain. When deer sense danger, silently, without word, they return to the thicket like wraiths. Rambling toward their safe place, hidden deep in the woods. This piece pays homage to that place of refuge, when it is no longer safe. It is constructed of darkened earth pigments surrounded by paths of handmade stone texture embedded with grain, along with oxidized iron, acrylic and prairie soil, eroded with stone. Together, the elements remind us retreat to our center when in need.