Saturday, May 14, 2011

Back from Europe!

Hello I just wanted to let you know my five week tour of Europe with Osunlade was just beyond words, I have now seen art, cities, cultures and tasted food, that I have only ever read about and saw in books, my heart is full and my inspiration from this journey will keep me busy for a long long time!
This is my first piece since getting back a week ago, in Paris I stayed in this amazing little apartment in Rue Saint Denis, after days of seeing the masters in all the great museums and galleries I woke up one morning with the daunting idea, why I was not working on canvas! I spent the rest of the trip with this on my mind!
This was reinforced when some people asked me how long do natural pigments last, I was in the fortunate position to be one hundred metres away from 700 hundred year old frescos, out side of an even older castle! I pointed down the street and informed them that they will find 700 year old pigments that way, faded sure but still very much there, Anyone who asked about longevity of natural pigments just about anywhere in Europe, there was somewhere within the same town with natural pigments hundreds of years old,whether it be on canvas, fresco, sculpture, textiles jewellery to name a few, just mind blowing!
One can still ask, yes but how long do my pigments last for? I like to think the pigments I process will last 700 years but I will just have to wait and see, then I will let you know! Its amazing how quickly we adjust to new technology and scary how it is even quicker for us to lose the skills we had before hand! Skills I now believe were more spiritually intact than we realised, for the simple fact they were deeply rooted within our use of natures gifts!
I am truly grateful!

Pyrography, eucalypt bark wash, angophora sap, coriopsis flower wash,, malachite, lapis lazuli, liquid chlorophyll, ochres, and plane tree charcoal.
55cm by 65cm


  1. What a beautiful piece of collaboration, just stunning. The big question is now: Will you start working on canvas and which technique will you use? No matter what I am totally sure that you will have a lot of fun in your atelier.