Moon for Being with What's Really Here, Diptych
One night, when the leaves were the dark color of deep summer, we lay on a blanket in our backyard and watched the moon move slowly through the trees. It was the summer of 2020. We said nothing to each other, but when I glanced over, I could see you were feeling deeply. That moon. She was so beautiful. She is so beautiful. And I thought to myself…... She is a moon for being with what’s really here. Right now. Even when everything feels fragile and you are weary. Even when there are moments of extreme feeling and connection. There is space to hold both. And every time I see her now, she is a reminder. A reminder for me and for you.
Lessons from the Moon Collection
This is a diptych in the "Lessons from the Moon" collection. Each mixed media cyanotype in this collection reflects lessons from the moon, as she accompanies us every night through this global pandemic season.
About My Process
Cyanotypes are a photographic process that use a UV-sensitive emulsion that reacts with the sun to create ethereal images in blue and white. Since this process is so dependent on the weather, light conditions, seasons, and timing, there is an unpredictable nature to the outcome of each piece that can’t be replicated. To me, this is part of the mystery of this art form.
In addition to the outdoor elements required for cyanotype creation, I use plants, collage, and sometimes ink and acrylic to create each piece. Each piece is made on thick, bright white, Arches watercolor paper with deckled edges. It’s intriguing to me that the subject matter, the paper substrate, and even the piece itself uses Nature as an integral part of its creation process. I like to think that I'm collaborating with Nature to create art in celebration of Nature!
My hope is that when people experience this collection, they feel an immediate sense of connection and grounding with the Natural World. A moment of calm during the uncertain times around us.
Please note that due to the cyanotype process, there may be slight undulations in the paper and each piece features a unique blue ranging from cyan to indigo to Prussian blue. This is normal. Refer to one of the included images to see examples of the variations in blue and deckled edges.
This is a diptych, consisting of two pieces that together form an image of a night sky. Each piece is 22x 30 inches. These pieces are unframed and would look stunning float mounted in a thin brushed silver, black, or light maple frame.