Some new work

Below are images of the pieces I completed since I have become a member of Project Art for Nature. Visiting my site in mid-June, I encountered a field of one of my favorite native wildflowers, Monarda fistulosa (also known as wild bergamot or bee balm), not yet in bloom but vigorous with upward verdant growth. The topmost leaves of brilliant yellow-green seemed almost like sources of light. Three of the pieces are my response to observing this field.

I was also attracted to a hillside dense with tall, graceful grass. I have since learned this is an invasive and difficult-to-eradicate species called reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). Its presence can lead to a decline in native plants. Since learning this, I have noticed it everywhere - in roadside ditches, parks, etc. It grows so thick it tends to choke the wetlands.

Transient
 Robust Grass | natural pigments on silk | 46"x 26" mounted | © 2011 Kit Eastman

Robust Grass | natural pigments on silk | 46"x 26" mounted | © 2011 Kit Eastman

 Field and Sky 1 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 30"x40" mounted | © Kit Eastman

Field and Sky 1 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 30"x40" mounted | © Kit Eastman

 Field and Sky 2 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 40"x30" mounted | © Kit Eastman

Field and Sky 2 | natural pigments on reclaimed linen damask | 40"x30" mounted | © Kit Eastman