Rot: The Afterlife of Trees

Creative Process Notebook The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon The Dead Wood Exhibition is a collaboration with OSU School of Forestry, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Spring Creek Project. Dates: Jan 15 to February 25, 2016 Brown Bag Artist Talk Jan 21, 2016 Time TBD Reception Jan 15, 2016 Thursday from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Recompose

In a logjam on the edge of the creek is a bone-white naked log with a small patch of fungus following the log’s longitudinal cracks

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Rot Work In Progress – Final Layer

January 5, 2016 Work In Progress: ROT Final Layer January 5, 2016 The final layer is completed. It's an odd feeling. I've have spent so much time with this project over the past 6 months. As much as I was happily anticipating finishing, I was unprepared to finish...

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Progress Report – Rot Midpoint Layer 6

October 25, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 6 (midpoint) October 25, 2015 Layer 6 is still in progress. The paper has not been painted and in some places is not fixed to the piece. Layer 6 in its unfinished form contrasts with the earlier layers to more easily show...

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Corvallis Science Pub

Rot at the Corvallis Science Pub November 9, 2015 6:00PM - 7:30PM We'll be infusing art into the science pub! Come have a beer with me, ecologist Mark Harmon and artists Andries Fourier Bob Keefer and David Paul Bayles. We may value forests most for timber, wildlife...

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Rot In Progress Layer 5

October 11, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5 October 11, 2015 Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide...

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Rot In Progress Layer 4

September 26, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4 September 26, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer's intricacies. Image below: Layer 4...

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Rot Layer 3

September 7, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3 September 7, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer's intricacies. Image below: Layer 3 Gouache...

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Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

August 29, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2 August 29, 2015 I've reached the stage where I feel that this project is too insane. My hands and back hurt hurt and the process seems to be an endless tedious Sisyphean task that will produce nothing but a piece of crap....

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Work In Progress: ROT – Base Layer

August 16, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Base Layer August 16, 2015   Image below: Base Layer Gouache on Paper & Map Pins 17 1/2 in. x 70 in. Image below: Base Layer Before Gouache Paper & Map Pins 17 1/2...

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Work in Progress: ROT August 15

August 15, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT August 15, 2015 Typically, I'm not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I...

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Sustaining More Life in its Death

  A Sketch A Sketch Sustaining  More Life in Its Death Gouache on Paper 9 5/8 in x 9 11/16 in.   Stay In Touch... Call Leah Wilson   (541) 556-8253 [et_social_follow icon_style="darken"...

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Rot on the 4th of July

HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Rot on the 4th of July Over the 4th of July weekend I went to HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Search of rot (liver-er trees). This is a selection of what I found. Stay In Touch... Call...

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HJA Day 2015

June 25, 2015 Decomposition & Composition: Writing and Reflection Inspired by Long-Term Research This time at the log decomposition site I was there not to write, but to see if I could figure out what to paint for ROT, opening in January...

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Beetle Drawings

Gouache During the residency at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest I worked on one gouache painting. The last time I used gouache was about 20 years ago. I don't have fond memories of the medium. Recently, something in the deep recesses of my memory nagged me to try it...

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HJA Residency Day 8: Split Tree

Split Tree Split Tree There is a tree in the forest that is straddling a very slow landslide. Every year the land slides a few more inches and the tree splits a little bit more. One day the tree will rip in two. I have been thinking of that...

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HJA Residency day 8: thoughts on gouache

Thoughts on Gouache Aaaargh, Gouache! Thoughts on Gouache This morning is my last studio session for this stint of the residency. Although I am not satisfied with the result of working this painting/sketch for 8 mornings, I am satisfied with...

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HJA Residency Day 7: walking distance from here

Walking Distance From Here Walking Distance From Here I stayed within walking distance of the HJA Headquarters and my apartment, hobbled by my sore legs from the hike yesterday. I am in a hate faze regarding gouache and am thinking that I...

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HJA Residency Day 6: Old Growth

Old Growth Old Growth Today was intended as my just-past-halfway walk in the woods, sort of a day of rest. It was anything but restful. I headed to the Old Growth trail, a 3.5 mile one way trail that starts near a point on lookout creek,...

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HJA Residency Day 5

Routine Day 5. I've made some progress on the bark beetle drawing, but avoided the background. The sudden bolt of insight to tell me what to do with it sadly has not occurred. Routine The routine is wake up around 6 AM, eat breakfast and...

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HJA Residency Day 4: Rodent People

Rodent People Wrestling with gouache. The lines are becoming more defined. As I work on them I've been thinking that the background will need to be pushed back so it doesn't compete. But I'm getting ahead of myself Rodent People Here’s...

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HJ Andrews Residency Day 3: work in progress

Work In Progress Beetle Drawing Day 3 Work in Progress The struggle with gouache has begun. The darker thick lines 3/4 of the way up the painting is part of a 'drawing' that an insect made in wood in the creek. In the afternoon I went to...

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HJ Andrews Residency Day 3: Spine

Spine In progress - an under painting using watercolor and ink Spine Since I've been here in the forest, I've been thinking about the spine of the project, as choreographer Twyla Tharp calls it. The spine is usually more for me to know than...

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