Jul 25, 2016

The Season of Unrest (No. 1)

The Season of Unrest (No. 1), 22x28", oil on canvas


Been working on this piece with another to follow, as well as some commissions, so my smaller paintings remain on the to-do list for the time being...

Jul 6, 2016

Knows all our Secrets and Never Tells

Knows all our Secrets and Never Tells, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel


The deeper one gets into organic food and organic gardening, the more an entire previously unknown arena opens up about the oneness of the earth and all her systems.  Concepts that used to sound "woo woo" start to make more and more sense, as well as the shedding of preconceived assumptions and especially a humbling of spirit.  Biodynamic farmers and most who use the word Permaculture have been working with these concepts for decades, even centuries (and reaping the benefit), but in our modern times most of us lost touch with ideas such as the lunar calendar and its effect on crops...heck, we barely acknowledge its effect on tides let alone plants or ourselves.  What if we take a moment to remember/consider the moon as part of our ecosystem, our living breathing planet, our living breathing selves, the living moving ocean, the living breathing winds and trees, the seasons?

Biodynamic farmers recognize the fact that when the moon is full, the sap in the plants comes up, they are more receptive to receiving water, tendency for mold is higher, and seedlings germinate faster.  The gravitational force of the full moon literally pulls the life up out of the earth and into the plant, and when it wanes the earth starts to inhale again and the energy goes back into root systems, strengthening the plant and grounding it quite literally.  This beautiful rhythm is just one more sound in the chorus of Creation that has been drowned out by industry, but I think the tide is turning.

Have a beautiful day,

-R
     

Jul 3, 2016

Edge of Creation, Edge of Extinction

Edge of Creation, Edge of Extinction, 6x6", oil on canvas on wood panel

Joanne Knobel of Knobel Honey in Australia kindly gave me permission to use her beautiful photo of one of her sweet bees as the reference for this painting.  I loved painting this little lady, and the significance of her standing on the edge of the honeycomb - broken or building? - representing how bees too are on the edge of survival, battling mites, bacteria, emf and countless other hazards, especially pesticides.  I'm happy to highlight ethical beekeepers, whose role in the food system is integral and should be applauded with every pollinated fruit and vegetable we raise to our mouths.  Thank you Jo!  xo