by Eric Whollem
earth pigments and pulverized charcoal in casein on panel
Collection of the artist.
Copyright by the artist.
An Early Earth Painting From the 1970's
PAINTS MADE FROM NATURAL MATERIALS
This work harkens to a degree to the arts of the
Aborigines of Australia. In fact, it was painted with
a stick brush, much as the Australians do. In the
light angle chosen to photograph this work, the heavy
impasto paint stands out clearly in well defined light
Van Gogh was famous for his use of heavy impasto.
His secret was combining wax additives to oil paints.
He painted with a palette knife.
The paints in my painting include red iron oxide garnered
from deposits of decomposed granite ore. The white
paint is made from coarse white granite soil.
The charcoal was gathered from lumps from a
campfire, ground in a mortar down into a fine
powder. The final paint made from charcoal is much
different from anything one can get out of a tube of
paint. The pigment sparkles in the light, with natural
highlights from the charcoal fragments.
Milk Glue Paint Binder
All these pigments were bound with milk glue,
which is to say "casein" paint binder. Milk glue
was utilized by the ancient Egyptians for the
murals painted on tombs. Thus it is known to be
a binder with high longevity.
Symbolically milk glue, insofar as it relates to the
feminine principle, nicely harmonizes with the ideal
of "Mother Nature."
Abstract art, early works.