ART  &  ALCHEMY  ON  A  SNOWY  DAY  IN  SANTA FE

I participated in an EcoPrinting workshop with Native American artist Michael Billie at the Encaustic Art Institute where I am a member and exhibit my paintings reside in Santa Fe, NM.

Using plants, flowers, herbs, and bits of found objects we rolled our treasures in silk around a wooden dowel and created alchemy with water, vinegar and copper. Wrapping it tightly with a string from top to bottom we let the bundle steam under fire and voila! gorgeous dyed silk fabric was ours to create with as we wished.

I combined a piece of my fabric with wax, pigment and gold leaf to create To Be Or Not To Bee, 8x8, Silk, beeswax, resin, pigments & metal leaf.

Photos: Michael Billie in the EAI studio,  MEA, formerly EAI,  Encaustic Painting: To Bee or Not To Be  (above)