Looks like the holidays and my work load got the best of me–managing to pull me away from a new post for an entire week! My sole consolation is that I will soon be posting for a week straight–as the time for another Nature Challenge draws near!
In the meantime, I’d like to share with you the work of another environmental artist, Charla Puryear. As both a painter and sculptor, Charla Puryear works with the natural textures found in nature–particularly the surfaces of rocks.
Through the art of “frottage,” or rubbing, Puryear creates beautiful paintings and images.
To create these images, she wraps a piece of canvas around a rock or tree, applies paint to the canvas, and then by rubbing transfers the texture of the object onto the canvas.
She writes, “This image provides the sketch for my painting, which is completed in my studio. This painting process is my way of documenting nature, partnering with it, amplifying its voice and sharing it with others.”
Often, Puryear will leave her subjects (trees, rocks,etc) wrapped in canvas for days or weeks in order to allow for interactions with the natural elements.
Click on the link provided above to view more of her works. Her work illustrates a wonderful example of a way in which TEXTURES within the natural world might be artfully explored.
Tomorrow I will post more about my next Nature Challenge, which will begin on Thursday, December 1!
‘Til then…Happy Monday!