Thursday, September 20, 2012

Water Cycle

I finished my piece for the
Ashes to Art Project,
I call it Cycles.
The project was created to raise money for
the fire departments in Colorado who
battled mass wildfires over the summer.
Artist were given pieces of  charcoaled trees
from the Fort Collins, CO wildfire.
I have been working on this project for some time.
This pieces was my fourth try, working with
the burnt trees was not easy.
The charcoal was fragile and in places it was still wood.
It was really hard to get an edge to make a line or
get a consistent mark made on the paper.
I tried rubbing the charcoal on a stone to get
a straight edge which I could get, but it would
crumble or wear down quickly.
( I think most charcoal artist use is made from grapevines)
My piece is about Cycles.
The water cycle and tree growth.
The circle is a slice of a tree, see the growth bands?
I used Indian symbols to tell the story of the water cycle.
The sun symbol is in the center, then starting left top, raincloud.
Moving clockwise, it continues to mountains,
rain fall and lastly the circle
which is a house of water. 
 I got the Indian symbols off a postcard a friend sent me from
Mesa Verde, CO. I'm not sure what a house of water is, my guess is
a lake or pond. I probably should have looked it up. 
Cycles is a watercolor. I used some ground-up tree charcoal mixed
with water on the outer tree bark ring.
 The lines for the sun are drawn with
tree charcoal. I had tried to use more charcoal but it was to
difficult to work with.
Today I will mail Cycles to the Ashes to Art Project manager.
I hope to have more details about the online art auction
that takes place in October, will post the information
when I get it.


  1. That is really nice. You did a great job.

  2. Oh I really like this piece it so fits with Colorado and the west. Beautiful job. xox

  3. This is very creative Jill and must have taken ages after reading what you use to make it.
    By the way, I like your new banner.

  4. Bravo! This has a definite native american spirit feel to it - and rightly so! They probably once occupied the land from which the charcoal came. xo