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I consider myself a reformed gardener and devoted naturalist. When the Burr Oaks invaded my restored prairie, I fretted and whined befire I finally surrendered. What felt like defeat turned into a fascinating and life changing experience triggering a paradigm shift in me.
What I realized is that I could learn a damn awlful lot being a student of nature versus trying to be it’s czar. The land knew exactly what to do and it reverted to a state that became a perfect pheasant habitat. I began to make friends with the so called “noxious weeds”. I found incredible beauty and restoration to my soul in this process and learned a lot about letting go.
Sooo . . . back to art. I had this idea I wanted to implement a manifestation of integration, a ritual, symbol of truce of my will if you will. My intent here is to merge myself into the surrounding landscape to be in harmony. I gridded out a photo onto this 8 foot sheet of Arches cover stock paper. I wanted this piece to be true to life in scale, size and shape. I used gesso, a glue like mixture of binder and chalk to paint out my outline. I accidently ( I thought) made a thick edge with the japanese brush I was using. I decided to go with it and just keep workng in this manner. I let it dry throughly, knowing the gesso would repel some of the absorption of the inks. I have a tenderness for certain plants, including compass (for direction), Indian grass and Japanesne Silver grass as well as a couple others. I painted with the plants themselves layering up to 4 passes of applications of stepped valued ink washes.
Now the wind comes in . . . it picks my work up, (I still gasp, cheapskate that I am) . . this is very expensive paper and although hardy, it can tear when soaked. and it did. So here’s the thing, I have invested over eight hours of actual preparatory work into this piece, not to mention planning and thinking time. Will it work or be a flop? Well – that is the chance we take right? Believe me I do not say that as lightly as it sounds. So painting is done, transporting begins. Wind does it thing. Yanks it out of my hands, curls it, rolls it, smears and flipping flaps it around. I withhold judgement. Will it work? Don’t know til it dries. So it dries and I look. Nope didn’t work. Sucks as a matter of fact. Huge flop. Hmmm . . why? lost the contrast. now I have nothing to lose. I take a paper towel and get down and scrub over image and guess what? You remember that raised gesso edge? My saving grace. I subtract the ink with a bit of elbow grease and looks what appears . . . and I am amazed more often than not by these processes that are not linear but very faith based meanderings. I am rewarded with enough success to to take the risk again and dive off the cliff. So there you are . . that’s the story. I do not declare a masterpiece here but the beginning of a new technique for a new series of work that combines the female figure with in experimental landscape earth art. Thanks for reading.

enjoy making direct work from natural materials in my prairie and wildlife sanctuary.
i am a very restless person and I work in many different ways with a variety of media.

One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh

My images and written works do NOT belong to the public domain. All images and written works in this gallery are owned by me and © copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

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  • eon .
    eon .over 3 years ago

    WOW !!!!!!! full on in a elusive fashion

  • hey Thanks Steve, appreciate your enthusiasim. :)

    – evon ski

  • laureen warrington
    laureen warrin...over 3 years ago

    Loved reading the result in all ways! A beautiful creation!!

  • the process is more valuable than the end result so often.

    – evon ski

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    I spy angel wings here as well……gorgeous image Yvonca :O)

  • oh now I see em too. Thanks KS for the gentle finger point. Thank you for your feedback. :O)
    so is the little symbol I just did back another way to laugh?

    – evon ski

  • timbuckley
    timbuckleyover 3 years ago

    Ballet dans le jardin des chênes bavure

  • translate me armor

    – evon ski

  • Thanks T for the comment, but I don’t know what this means except ballet.

    – evon ski

  • ahh . . Ballet Dance in the Garden of the Burr Oaks. by Tchaikovsky?
    Let the ballet begin. :)))

    – evon ski

  • linaji
    linajiover 3 years ago

    Oh wow I love your story and allowing all around. you’ve done an incredible job and I can feel the intent of your heART.

  • Oh linaji, thank you for your great comment. I really appreciate the feedback. x

    – evon ski

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkerover 3 years ago

    WOW! This was as interesting to read about as it was to gaze at! LOVE it! Fantastic work, Yvonca!

  • Yeah?? good to hear. I was afraid it was too long. I appreciate the feedback, thanks for your commment here Angela. :)

    – evon ski

  • kenroome
    kenroomeover 3 years ago

    Do you know what I love about this? I love how the human does not emerge “out of” but remains distinctly bonded “within” the elements. If you ever read north American Indian perspective, if you ever read any of the women who are writing on pre-history, you discover that in our early rangings, what we were was exactly as your art (painting and words) describes. I love your ingenuity, creativity and the work ethic in not giving up because the piece did not immediatly reflect a desired outcome. This is beautiful!

  • Ken, I LOVE this comment of yours. keen observations here and you always teach me something. The process of making this kept shifting from intent, action, musing, determination to openness (I ended up being so interrupted that I did not start outside until 4:00 pm) to WTH to hope to OH NOOO!! to oh well . . a little sadness . . and then I let go and tried something else and it worked, It was like having a barrel of monkeys in my head. :)) Thanks for that great tip about the Indians. Do you recomend a book for me?

    – evon ski

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    It is a smiling face ….well that is what I have thought anyways :>) :) :O)

  • ahh . . always something new to learn. :)) thank you for sharing.

    – evon ski

  • Will Vandenberg
    Will Vandenbergover 3 years ago

    Amazing work Y. You lost me in process but it’s an interesting one that gets results that are truly unique to you. This, to me, is your signature style and I love it. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with this approach.

  • I have a whole series of reference shots that I have pared down to 3 – 4. This amazing weather allows me work outside and although I am loving 50 degree spring days, somewhere inside me is a slow blinking alarm. Thanks for the cool comment Will! :)

    – evon ski

  • canonman99
    canonman99over 3 years ago

    an envelope of nature opened

  • Hi Dennis, that is a very interesting comment. Thanks for taking time to view.:))

    – evon ski

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