About From the Forest
Green pigment is hard to find in Colorado. And it makes sense, considering the nature of the landscape. As I was working on this collection, an artist in Virginia mailed to me a small vial of some very unique and evocative green pigment made from crushed river rocks. And just like that, in only three days or so, the color of Virginia made its way into my Colorado pigments collection. From the Forest is the only painting in this collection that features deciduous trees. The lines of the branches merge so wonderfully with the granulation of the hand-mulled earth pigments. From the Forest is very much an ode to my childhood in the Netherlands. It so viscerally reminds me of long chilly walks through the forest, where I would gather chestnuts and acorns. Forests that, as a child, felt like other worlds which I would walk into and emerge out of, as if they were not part of every day life.
This painting comes with a tiny glass vial that holds a sample of the foraged rocks or soils that were used to create the colors used to make it. It also comes wrapped in gorgeous branded packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity.
This work was painted on 300 lb Arches Coldpress watercolor paper, with a combination of artist-grade and locally foraged pigments. It was sealed with Gamblin Cold Wax Medium to protect it and to bring out the gorgeous earth tones of the rock and soil-based paints. It measures 4x6 inches.
To frame your painting with a matboard
This painting measures slightly smaller than the listed size of 4x6 inches. If you choose to frame it yourself, I would recommend using a mat board that has an opening size of 3.5x5.5 inches. Your painting look beautiful inside a standard 8x10 inch frame if you’d like some extra space around it, or a smaller frame of 5x7 inches if you like a more snug look.
Making sure your hands are clean, align the painting behind the mat board so that the image is aligned through the opening. Use non-yellowing archival tape to secure the painting to the mat board. You’ll be able to remove it in the future if needed. That's it! You're ready to place it inside a frame.
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