Although I often paint with bright colors, I’ve been enjoying the quiet hues of natural dyes lately. I love the charcoal grays, rust browns, golds and sage greens that I get using plant dyes. The only problem is that these pieces could fade over time. I’m not sure.
The piece below was created using Wild Cherry bark and rusty metal objects. I bind the metal pieces inside of raw canvas and boil it in a dye bath made from plants — usually two or three layers before I get a design that I like. For now this piece hangs in my dining room, and we’ll see how it holds up.
“Exploring Grays,” 24 x 30 inches, natural dye and iron oxide on canvas
The concept of ephemeral art raises some interesting questions. Everything else ages, so why shouldn’t art change over time as well? How long is art expected to last? Is it reasonable to think that it will stay the same forever?
I also have a new painting in my “Gaia” series to share with you. This piece is explosive with deep reds, scarlet, blues, purple and orange. Click on the image below for more information.
“Big Bang,” diptych, 24 x 48 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
What are your feelings about impermanent art? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us is the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,