Welcome to my online Journal where i hope to share my thoughts, feeling, inspirations, processes, problem solving, and completed works as well as works in progress.
Above are the pictures from the final stage of making the final canvas. I had been wearing the canvas and dragging it about for a few days before this stage so my partner had seen the canvas, it was smelly and damp, muddy and invasive, a kind of jealousy had formed between it and him, it had taken a lot of my time and attention away from us. I took the canvas to the woods to lay it out and find a perfect space in nature for the ceremony. I found a beautiful patch where the blue bells and wild garlic met, on a small flat area on an otherwise steep woodland bank. I placed the pigments, offerings of flowers and incense in place and waited for my partner to arrive. We undressed, kissed, it was like introducing my mistress to my partner, i had to give them time to get to know one another. We made a blessing together (see video) played a Tibetan bowl, lit some frankincense, shared a glass of wine, and began to rub and paint the different pigments, dyes and flowers over each-others bodies. it was a very intimate, playful and magical moment. This part of the process seemed very significant, a time to acknowledge not just our partnership, but the space we were in, the mark we were about to make on the landscape, our love not just for each-other but the natural world we inhabited. Fast forward half and hour or so and there we were, panting, totally lost in the moment, covered in a mix of dyes and pigments, we stayed in this attitude for a few hours, enjoying the freedom of being naked outside, the sound of the birds, the light, the joyful coloring of our bodies. Finally the canvas was covered in a liner and rolled up to insure the colors stayed as they were before being taken into the studio space. I would like to do this again, perhaps even larger, perhaps over the course of a summer. More ritual, more nature, bigger, much bigger, more expansive.