First ginger, then tumeric, next burdock! I have always loved my medicinal roots. I am an Airy Libra with a lot of fire and have always been complimented by rooted Kaffa energy. In my travels over the past year, first to Sanibel Island FL, then to the Puerto Rican Island of Vieques, I have discovered a whole new variety of roots, for a whole new purpose. These roots were anthropomorphic, dancing, walking, sculptural…..inspiring. I could not keep my eyes off of them as we biked through the rain forest, I had to stop and admire or draw all that I saw in them. How animate, quirky, suggestive, and wild! The character of these roots so spoke to my own, that they have become one of my muses.
So after drawing and taking some photos of the discovered tree roots, “walking trees”, I have begun to paint them. I have chosen watercolor to explore the fluid and graceful lines of the twisty wood. Watercolor is relatively knew to me, and I found myself lightly dancing around the page with my brush. The permanence of each mark you make in watercolor, paired with the loose and organic movement of water, seems to capture the roots well. I have also used some of my handmade earth paints in the watercolors, some of which I have made out of roots!! Ahhhh so neat to be making painting of nature with nature. I love making art that will compost. I like to think of art feeding the soul, but also then returning to feed the earth, an offering! Well I will have fun with this for awhile I believe!