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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Landscape on Phragmites sp.

                                                 Landscape on Phragmites sp.    
                                                 Beeswax & natural pigment on Phragmites    
                                                 2 3/4" x 9 3/4"      

This little landscape was the first of my working the beeswax and Phragmites sp.  Was so taken by the completeness of the beeswax and reed on their own that I went back and did Phragmites 1 & 2 without painting on them. This landscape on its own is a favorite in that it conveys the dream like quality of the Berkshire Mountains energetically. The early inhabitants considered the area sacred and referred to it as "no man's land".  It was shared as a place of peace even by the warring native tribes. Interestingly this has carried over into our modern day. The majority of Massachussetts and its capitol Boston citizens refer to the Northampton and Amherst area as western Mass. though its another 40 miles west through the Berkshires to the New York State line.

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