- Painting is 17.75" x 19.5"
- 140lb Cold Press Cotton Paper
- Archival Quality
- Framed in 18.75" x 20.75" x 2.5" Maple Float Frame
Connecting with nature is an essential part of my existence, inspiration + peacefulness. It only takes a momentary pause to realize how much beauty exists in our natural world. The tiny barrier island where I live is home to some of the most magnificent specimens + evidence of God's majestic work. I am often inspired to capture them in this 19th-century photographic blueprint process called Cyanotype. Occasionally, I embellish them by hand with acrylic paint or other mediums to enhance their beautiful lines + shapes.
I consider the collection of these organic specimens for artwork an act of worship. I astutely look for interesting material on my various nature outings + travels when possible, always imagining what beautiful images they will produce.
This soothing Prussian Blue color is produced when two chemicals are precisely mixed, hand-applied to paper in a darkened room, cured + later exposed to sunlight.
I select + place the specimen on high-quality paper, which is hand-torn in sizes that beautifully reflect the authentic proportions of the specimen. After a precise amount of exposure, the plant or organic sample is removed, the paper is washed clean of the chemicals + the captivating silhouette is revealed.
The hand-applied solution, along with the selection + placement of the organic material, makes each piece a unique keepsake.