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BODYWORK is my newest illustrated series showcasing the sexy, the perverse, the proud. Keep watch on Instagram as well as here on the blog for new releases! Taking commissions for these- also- please visit the Inquiries page for pricing and more.
So much of my work these days centers around the human form, intimacy and shape. This piece here was the second order for a particular client. Like with most of these works, this is a custom exclusive for Lilac & Fern Photography, a Colorado based boudoir photographer & lifestyle collective.
This work is some of my most rewarding, because of it's intimate nature and for my love of figure drawing. You can find many more updates on this on-going body of work on my Instagram account here.
NATURAL PIGMENTS & PAINT MAKING
This past year, I have watched many other artists from afar. One of the most interesting and inspirational methods I witnessed was that of Paint Making. More specifically, paint made from the earth. It is a somewhat ancient practice, and with like all good things, trends repeat themselves.
I ultimately decided to dip my toes into the natural pigment movement because of my love for travel. So much of my time is spent dreaming where to go next, and planning those adventures out. (read: Planning = Getting there and winging the rest) So when I decided to take a trip to Taos, New Mexico this past spring, a part of the country I had yet to explore, I knew it was the perfect time to begin collecting for my pigments.
There are many ways to go about collecting nature for pigment, but I chose dirt. You can find tons of literature on plants, fruits, even animal remains- but to be honest, I was after those beautiful rust colors, myself. Some say to collect earth from the clay veins found alongside rivers or creeks. It has less sediment and more pure a pigment to forage from. But with New Mexico being so dry, and it being the beautiful red desert it is, I stuck to the sun-baked soils and rock found at elevation.
Every chance I could get was spent driving and hiking, in search of the deepest reds and brightest whites I could find. (and you should have seen my excitement at the vibrant ocher I found *pictured above) It is important to forage responsibly, avoid trespassing and to always take just what you need- without endangering yourself. I collected mason jars full of dirt and tried my best to gather a variety of hue and texture. The more soft the earth, the easier purification processes will be.
To learn more about making your own paints, reach out! And if you live in Northern Colorado, I would love to spend an afternoon with some fellow foragers. -SJ