nature heals nature soothes nature restores.
I had intended this to be a peaceful piece. My reference was actually a very calm expression. I struggled with it, interruptions break focus, stop and start is not productive for me. But what I realize is this one had not caught the wave yet. I WAS peaceful and full when I started it, but my state of mind kept changing by the circumstances of many changing situations. You cannot draw a peaceful picture when you are not peaceful. So I realize I was trying to steer the boat into a different harbor and really it was exhausting . . . until I let go and yelled Oh GO WHERE YOU WANT!! so i did. I am like the pheasant that goes back into the brush, when she hears trouble. Compass plant (for direction), Shagbark (for healing and strength) and Elderberry (for wisdom).
Graphite on hot press illustration board # 218, because it has a very smooth hard surface that really can take some vigorous erasing action!. Full range leads from 7Bs to 9Hs and then graphite powder. I smeared it over this and then I actually dipped a brush into water and painted with graphite and water. Interesting experiment for me. But I gotta say, use a mask when you work with that powder, I feel like absolute crap breathing that into my lungs. blah.