It’s day 10 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days!

Did you know pine cones are the symbolic representation of Human Enlightenment, the Third Eye and the Pineal Gland (because it looks like a pine cone)?

One of the many things I love about living in Central Oregon is that the air is scented by pine trees. It’s intoxicating sometimes. Maybe that is why I’m so draw to them. Or maybe I’m searching for enlightenment? In the painting I created today I arranged the pine cones to mimic a group of pines in the forest set among a deep blue sky.

“Below the Glacier V”
6 x 6 inches
encaustic and pine cones on wood panel
Origin: 3 Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness, Oregon
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After I picked up pine cones I headed back to the Jack Lake trail head where I ended my journey in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness.

Jack Lake in Central Oregon

The paintings I create during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge will be included in my NATURE CURATED series which captures the essence of place by encapsulating carefully chosen mementos nature has seemingly left behind in a thick bed of pigmented encaustic wax. To create these paintings I explore the ocean shore and forest floor to find the perfect, unique objects (shells, pine cones, driftwood and stones) to embed in a luscious layer of wax. All of these natural objects tells the story of its origin, like the smooth edges on driftwood illustrates the journey it took undulating back and forth against the rough ocean shore. Each three-dimensional fine art painting is unique, signed by me, ready to hang and includes the place of origin.