First piece ~ Alabama soil. I had two bags of soil from Alabama. One sent from my long time friend Daisy Standley when the project was funded. The soil still sits in the baggie. It wasn’t until my fathers dog Rosco passed away that I got my hands into some Alabama red clay. I live up the hill from my parents and when I first moved in I was alone. Every night and morning Rosco would make his rounds up to my place to make sure I was safe. It wasn’t until months after Rosco was gone that I started to walk to my parents house through the woods and realized how grown up the trail was because he was not walking it twice a day. It made me think of artist Richard Long “Art made by walking”.
Miss you old friend.
I met Buzz at an artist residency “The Vermont Studio Center”. Buzz visited my studio and gave me these words of wisdom, “Your lack of focus is what is most interesting about your work.” I was so happy that he was in my studio looking at my work but after the elation of the experience wore off I felt a little deflated. “Lack of focus” humph.
Years later I embrace these words. Thank you Buzz ~ you are genius.
Alaska soil came at an important time in the making creating process. I had been mixing the soil as water color – mixing pigment with gum arabic – and I was getting bored with the results.
I decided to ‘mess it up’ by getting a dropper of ink and I squirted it put it right in the middle of the picture plane. Oh, wonderful mess!! The dirt began to repel the ink and an interesting relationship began to happen on the paper. This changed my process and I began researching “How to make ink” on the internet. Found a simple recipe and it worked perfect. In the latter studies I used ink instead of the watercolor mixture.