This video shows the results of the 2022 August Art Dare: creating an artwork based on an object found during a nature walk. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan McCracken-Foster.
Ana Wieder-Blank (USA)
“I started collecting walking sticks during hikes at Byrdcliffe Artist Residency. I painted them to incorporate them into site specific installations with paintings and sculptures.
Since many of the paintings have trees in them I used the sticks to extend the paintings into the natural wooded spaces. I like to think of these sticks as bridges between painted trees and actual trees.
I was so inspired by this practice that I’m planning to include them in my next solo show.”Ana Wieder-Blank
Bonnie Lynx (USA)
“I found some pokeweed on my nature walk and I had read in the past you can make ink from the berries so I wanted to try that. I took photos of it to use as reference to paint from.
I thought they would make a good reference to test the ink with because they had a good range of values. To make the ink, following instructions I found online, I crushed the berries and poured the juice in a small ramekin and added a splash of vinegar.
It was similar to watercolor and lifted well which surprised me because I was expecting it to be more staining. I was able to get it decently dark with a lot of layering.
I included a shot of my first attempt to show that when I used a heat tool to dry the piece between layers it turned the ink brown so I had to scrap that and start over. I read the ink is not lightfast and if left exposed to light will eventually turn brown as well.”Bonnie Lynx