Do you ever try to think like a tree? Like in “Gee I’m so thirsty!” or “It’s getting so cold. I’d enjoy a blanket of leaf mulch to restore my energies.” This piece made me think like a tree.
I started by painting foliage and trunk shapes with water and droppering three acrylic inks into the water shapes so they moved and blended while I tipped the paper. Then I took a color shaper and pulled some of the wet ink out to create branches and spritzed the foliage lightly with water to suggest leaf shapes.
Time to winter
send roots down there
with the gopher and grub
under the shroom spore and worm tracks
While we sleep
they do the work
turn leaf mulch and water
into blooming flower beds
So take a deep
of loamy air
Settle into the perfection of this season
…..just so very charming: the painting, the poem, the post