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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

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

Lapis Ocean

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

from stone to paint

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