These are two pieces I recently did towards coursework – made with raw earth pigments, acrylics and inks on paper.
I keep seeing this place in my mind and remember sitting on such a tree many, many years ago eating sandwiches and drinking coffee … we were on a road trip from Johannesburg to Cape Town. I’d never seen a petrified tree before, let alone sat on one, which was just casually dumped there on the side of the road. And to think that piece of stone, which once was a tree, was in the region of 300 to 250 million years old.
For this painting, I used Cobra oil medium with the pigments. Colours used: Trevellas Green, Burnt Umber, Fremington Yellow ochre, Peppercombe Red, Leswidden white, Fremington Grey, Bideford Black, Perranuthnoe ochre. Soft pastels. All on Arches Oil paper – CP Fine 100% pure cotton, 300gm. 23x31cm
I am really enjoying working with these ancient materials and mixing them up with contemporary polymers. I have ordered a 1m square canvas which will be used for a commission, so looking forward to working on that!
Trevellas green, Leswidden white, Meeth white, Fremington grey. Natural earth pastels, Sennelier pastels, Liquitex inks and charcoal on Fabriano Unica paper.
Trevellas Green, Leswidden white, Fremington grey. W&N acrylics, Shellac burn, Liquitex inks, Sennelier soft pastels on Fabriano Unica paper.
Continuing my exploration into natural pigments and the theme of liminality – in my case I am exploring the threshold between raw earth pigments and commercially produced art materials. For this piece, I used:
Earth pigments: Trevellas Green, Peppercombe Red
Natural pigment pastels by Florence Paintmakers
Sennelier Soft Pastels
Montana Gold Professional spray paint – Bronze
W&N acrylic paint and inks
Resin pigment inks
Fabriano Unica 50% cotton 250gsm white paper (torn to size)