Animating Trees with Natural Pigments
There is something truly magical about wandering the forest. Every step reveals hidden treasures from the lush moss to the creatures who inhabit it. At each turn we are reminded of the vastness and interconnectedness of the natural world.
I had the great honor of participating in the Terra Incognita Land Art Exhibition this summer at the The Verdancy Project. My goal for the project was to bring a sense of awe and wonder to the visitors who pass through this lush forest. To be reminded that magic exists in hidden places if you're curious and open to receiving it.
Throughout the property, I created faces on the trees and even sculpted some miniatures in mud dug from the nearby creek. By giving these trees a humanlike presence, my hope was to encourage a closer relationship between us and our cherished woodlands.
Utmost reverence was given to these magnificent tree beings. I used natural earth powdered pigments, water and a few chalk pastels. No chemicals or plastics were used. I hugged each one and quietly asked for their permission prior to painting. Some communicated back with a soft approval and one seemed to whisper little jokes in my ear and said, "Just have fun and play!"
Read more about the experience in this interview by Natural Earth Paints.