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Flora and Fauna, and Sacred Art

Sacred Art

These are the ways my muse speaks to me. The messages are given through the flora and fauna of my habitat, and I (try to) pass it along to you in the form of art. This task is something I consider to be sacred. Everything about the act of doing it, from gathering the rocks to the destruction and subsequent re-creation into usable paints, to the transference of an idea into reality on paper… it all is part of a sacred art.

Featured image for my post about my Wild Ozark Paleo Paints

Ozark Pigment Profiles | Paleo Paints

I’ve finally been making the paints long enough to see some repetition in the colors. They’ll never be exact from batch to batch, but I’m getting a sense of what to expect from the various rocks I use. Here are the Ozark pigment profiles of the ones I use most often. The Pigments Red Red …

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Gloria with sunlight.

Making Paint is Meditative

Early this morning my friend moved through the doorway of this life and into the realm of whatever lies beyond. And because making paint is meditative to me, that’s what I did for most of my time today. What comes after I know everyone has their own ideas about what comes next when a person …

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My forager bag of sassafras root bark.

Color from Sassafras Root Bark

Today I experimented with sassafras root bark to see if it will make paint. I use the leaves of sassafras trees to get a nice bright yellow color. Ordinarily, I avoid using plant pigments because they tend to be fugitive, meaning they fade or discolor with time. Some plant pigments, like the green I get …

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