Fires are a natural system that has evolved with PNW forests. These forests are fire dependent. Fires renew the ecosystem and create the most biodiverse habitat in the forest. The Douglas Firs pictured here withstood an 80 acre fire in Summer 2017. One old snag is in the forefront on the right, still standing even though it was dead during the blaze. I took this photo on an informational hike about fire, and made the drawing from charcoal that I collected from the trees in the picture. I had not yet learned how to process the charcoal, so I used it as found, and slightly ground with water. Sprayed with a casein fixative. 24" W x 60" T. 2017.
This was my first experiment with the wildcrafted charcoal from Mt. Hood National Forest after I was taught how to process it into a dry pigment and make wet mediums. I used gum arabic in all of it, and also added Douglas Fir sap to the darkest paint in the lower corner. On Arches 140 cold press paper. 18" W x 24" T.
Fall in my BFA Studio. This setup was in preparation for my final critique. Such fond memories.
Current setup for displaying/containing small bottles and jars of handcrafted paints, inks, and ingredients. The cabinet was found. I like the linework in it, and want to craft something similar, but larger, and with a glass enclosure for the final BFA show.