I am collecting minerals, crystals and fossils. But not only that I am also digging them up when I find the time and the right place. It is so much fun and very relaxing. Currently though I am rather painting them and so it happened that a couple of paintings became a series about Minerals and Fossils such as this one, called Triassic Prints II. The name comes from the imprints of fossils you can often find in stones. Ferns are the oldest plants on our earth - I love them.
This series about Fossils started with a special painting technique I am using normally on silk only - dye resist painting. This means the shadowy patterns of the ferns have been created with dye paint resists in several layers just similar to the batik techniques only that instead of wax a water soluble gel has been used. It was an experiment because this technique is commonly used on thin cloth such as silk or cotton batiste not on rather thick rayon fabric I used here.
"Triassic Prints II"
40" x 13"
Acrylic on Rayon
Btw - the background was inspired by the incredible images the Hubble Telescope is delivering from our universe and the stardust that might have impregnated our planet with the first spores of ferns.
Here are some more details of the painting and I added another image of an example how the painting (or a Fine Art Print) could look like in an extra frame...