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Melissa Dickenson’s works are comprised of raw canvas and organic pigments she collects from nature. Dickenson forages for earth pigment in the form of rocks and minerals while hiking, to create abstract landscapes that reflect the terrain in which they were found.

 

She processes the rocks and minerals in her studio, by hand with a mortar in pestle, to create her own paints. Each painting is a portrait of the place in which its pigments were derived.

 

Dickenson chooses the landscape format as a method of connecting of her body to material and place. Her work is rooted in honor and reverence for the fragile state of our Earth.

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Mineral Calcite Deposit
Mineral Calcite Deposit

CA Coast During Wildfires of 2020

Sitting with Charcoal Moutain
Sitting with Charcoal Moutain
Ground Sonoma Pigment
Ground Sonoma Pigment
Sonoma Pigment
Sonoma Pigment
ocher
ocher
Sonoma Charcoal
Sonoma Charcoal
Healdsburg Charcoal
Healdsburg Charcoal
Drawing with Sonoma Charcoal
Drawing with Sonoma Charcoal
Charcoal Wall
Charcoal Wall
Coastal Shale
Coastal Shale
Rainbow of collected pigment
Rainbow of collected pigment
Bonham Beach
Bonham Beach
preparing canvas
preparing canvas
Sandstone
Sandstone
palette planning
palette planning
painting
painting
Foraging pigment in Northern CA
Foraging pigment in Northern CA
New painting using Lapis
New painting using Lapis

Lapis Ocean

Crushing Lapis Lazuli
Crushing Lapis Lazuli
Into the Process
Into the Process
Paint Making
Paint Making
Green Mudstone
Green Mudstone

from stone to paint

Mineral pigments in the wild
Mineral pigments in the wild
Sandy River forage
Sandy River forage
Wet Green/Blue Mudstone
Wet Green/Blue Mudstone
Jackpot!
Jackpot!
Making Earth Paint Samples
Making Earth Paint Samples
The most beautiful Ocher
The most beautiful Ocher
Clay gathering
Clay gathering
Ocher Foraging
Ocher Foraging
Steel Rock Crusher
Steel Rock Crusher
Earth gathering spoils
Earth gathering spoils
Quartz Moonrock
Quartz Moonrock
First Motions
First Motions
Organizing pigment
Organizing pigment
Crushing some subtle new shades ._._._
Crushing some subtle new shades ._._._
Crushing Pigment
Crushing Pigment
The first marks on a new canvas are alwa
The first marks on a new canvas are alwa
Out in the field for the holidays..
Out in the field for the holidays..
Sand Dunes
Sand Dunes