Why I Use Gathered Sage

For Oculus Moon, I wanted to the painting to strongly embody earth elements. It is a piece that sees within you and dares you to dream. I was drawn to use prairie sage collected in late summer with buds of a full growing season. I gathered the sage and left thanks of cornmeal to the land spirits then dried it in smudge sticks. Here I am burning and rubbing the sage onto the stone texture. I then added layers of rust so it has a solid, grounding feel.