Art of Earth Materials
Originals in the Studio
These are a few paintings that were recently re-homed to lovely people and places.
Beltane Fire, 48x36. It is a custom in the old world to light bonfires around May 1 (half way between the spring equinox and summer solstice) to protect cattle and crops. This rural practice marked the beginning of pastoral summer. The celebration is called Beltane, and the smoke and ashes were thought to hold protective powers and encourage a good growing season. This painting marks the change in season, a time when cold gives way to warmth. The piece contains a variety of natural elements, including Kansas limestone, earth pigments, plant ash, charcoal, rust and rainwater. The stunning rose gold is copper mica. Together these elements symbolize transformation and growth.
Fossil Bed. 36x36 Fossil beds are plentiful throughout central Kansas, evidence that this part of the world was once under an ancient ocean. The haunting beauty of fossilized marine life speaks to transformation and the notion that nothing lasts, and nothing is finished. Here, the earth reminds us that all things are constantly evolving into a new state of being. Contains prairie limestone, rust and rainwater to symbolize our ability to change.
Alluvial Plain, 36x36. Prairie thunderstorms bring rainy torrents to the muddy deeps of Kansas rivers. This painting is inspired by the deposition of sediment from the periodic flooding of the Smoky Hill. At such times, nature reminds us that all things are constantly evolving into a new state of being. Contains limestone, rust and rainwater to inspire change.
Brave in all Seasons. The midwinter prairie is beautiful in the face of bitter weather. At such times, nature reminds of the magnificence of that which survives. Contains rust and prairie stone to symbolize bravery.
Deep Calls to Deep. This piece is inspired by the soul's longing to be in Spirit. The Psalmist poignantly describes this as deep calls to deep. All around, nature shows the sacred in all things. The magnificance of an approaching thunderstorm. The haunting beauty of fissured earth weathered by time. This prairie landscape reminds us to walk with Spirit in our daily journey. Lovingly painted with iron to symbolize strength and Kansas limestone to inspire hope. Weathered wood frame.
Filling the Ogallah. The Ogallah aquifer is a vast underground reservoir that nourishes life across the American Great Plains. It is one of the world’s largest aquifers, but large-scale withdrawal has reduced its size. If the aquifer were depleted, some believe it may require up to 6,000 years of rainfall to replenish. This painting celebrates the life giving rain that helps recharge this groundwater. It contains prairie limestone and rust.
Reverence for the Day, 24x24. Winter storms are an awesome spectacle. Born in the icy places of the sky, they oblige respect. For a while, the earth retreats. Grasses sag under the weight of moisture. Birds and animals shelter. All around, nature quiets in the storm's presence, reminded that each day is a gift. Contains iron and prairie stone to symbolize courage.
The Quiet Earth, 24x48. This piece is inspired by the deep limestone stratum that forms the prairie earth. I love how its outcroppings reveal layer upon layer of milky white rock adorned with fossils and magical coloration. Together, they tell an ancient story of the earth’s support for all living things, including us. I lovingly infused this piece with iron and Kansas limestone. Surrounded by an American barnwood frame.
Harvest Moon, 36x36. The magic of the harvest moon announces autumn’s arrival, a time when prairie life transitions to quiet. It reminds us to slow our pace. With iron oxidized to rust.
Gently Shrouded in Fog, 20x20. Gently shrouded in fog, late autumn grasses remind us to stand tall with grace in all stages of life. Made with Kansas limestone and iron oxidized to rust symbolize the embrace of transformation.
The Web We Weave, 20x20. I've been seeing a lot of spiders lately. It is summer, of course, but they seem to be everywhere, spinning intricate webs out of thin air. It reminds me that we are always at work spinning our own stories based on our thoughts and dreams. The spider teaches us that we are in charge of our destiny. This painting contains limestone and iron.
Allhallowtide. 24x24, Allhallowtide, traditionally between October 31 and November 2, is a time to remember the saints who passed before us. In nature, it marks the time when light yields to darkness. This pale, prairie moon illuminates the dark sky and encourages us to have faith in all seasons. In the words of St. Julian of Norwich, "All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well." With prairie limestone to signify hope.
Praire Pod, 20x20. “Every part of the soil is sacred,” said Chief Seattle. What a beautiful way to behold the earth, to see the Spirit dwell among the rocks, trees, flowers and grass. This painting is my rendition of the solemn beauty of a prairie seed. It is lovingly enfolded with native limestone that shares the land.
White Frost on the Grass, 36x24. I love the arrival of fall. Brisk dawns presage the first frost which descends upon the prairie like a cool blanket, gently laid by the north wind. Nature signals that the busy growing season has ended and the quiet time is upon us. With iron and Kansas limestone, and a handmade weathered wood frame.
Ad Astra Per Aspera, 18x24. This painting is inspired by the Kansas State motto - Ad Astra per Aspera - to the stars through difficulties. It's that notion that while we may struggle from time to time to find our footing in life, the path forward makes us stronger. The piece contains several natural prairie elements, including limestone and sandstone.
Plains Tornado. 30x48. Tornados are said to reset the balance of nature. This piece is inspired by the tremendous power of a plains thunderstorm to affect change. It contains natural elements to balance earth and sky, including pigments, soil, plains limestone and rainwater.
Plains Tornado, 24x30. Born deep the in crevices of the warm sky, tornados reset the balance of nature. My rendition gives a nod to the prairie earth trod upon by the tornado, depicting its winds as fossilized limestone. In doing so, the tornado represents harmony between earth and sky. This piece contains natural elements of earth and sky, including limestone, natural pigments and rainwater. It symbolizes harmony in the face of adversity.
Night of the Cold Moon, 12x12. This painting honors the pale light shed by the December full moon, the Cold Moon. It marks the dark time of the year, a period of quiet and introspection. Painted with acrylic and earthen material, including natural pigment, limestone and soil. I included cedar ash to symbolize eternity amid trials, as cedars are the prairie’s evergreen.
Copyright 2017 - Angela A. Muller
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Art of Earth Materials
Originals in the Studio