Well, it certainly has been a long time since I offered a shop update. At least if you consider three years to be a long time.
I have been working on this tree series for five months and just finished the last one this week. There are seven pieces in all.
I have completely switched to using handmade stains from all natural materials. I no longer use any purchased paint made with synthetic pigments or binders.
Each color is from rocks, dirt, clay or plants. This is a core part of my creative process now. Finding pigment rocks and processing them into useable colors. Growing plants from seed to harvest and processing them into useable colors. This is where nature intersects with art making in my creative process. Well, in addition to nature having always been a primary inspiration source, that is.
Natural colors from rocks and plants can be mixed to form a broad palette that magically seems to always look beautiful together and adds an "aliveness" quality to the work that I've never found from synthetic colors.
The wood itself (being a yellow tone) adds a warmth and vibrancy itself as well, changing dingy greens to brighter, fresher ones. Many colors I make look vastly different once applied to wood than they do in dry pigment form, so I test each one first.
I am also continuing to do lightfast tests. Rock and earth pigments are generally stable, but there are some exceptions. Plants are almost never lightfast enough for my liking, but there are also some exceptions.
I could talk more about the work itself, but I have always enjoyed artwork more when it is not explained to me. Everyone sees what they are going to see anyway.
All of these (plus a couple more) will be available next week in my shop.