Plants of Life (plants are people & people are plants)
Plants of Life (plants are people & people are plants)
Plants of Life has 38 original paintings of plant life with my personal story about each one along with their historic background
Plants of Life has 38 original paintings of plant life with my personal story about each one along with their historic background Read more
About this project
One of my earliest visual memories was of my older sister Dolly standing outside in front of our house laughing and chatting with her friends, while mindlessly tearing leaves off the front hedge. I let her know I was upset with her hurting the plant. Her response was that I was being weird, Moreover,her friends agreed.I've had that response to my concerns about wanton behavior toward plants repeated throughout my life. The misguided right or supposed freedom to destroy plant life as we please continues to be a deeply disturbing view that this culture forces me to live with. Every time I witness a property owner killing a healthy tree just because they can my heart sinks. Seeing a dumpster behind a food market filled with fruits and vegetables being discarded that are considered no longer salable, but are obviously edible,fills me with sadness. The sight of thousands of apples rotting on the ground of an abandoned orchard makes me weep inside. As a culture we downplay the fact that without plants we would not exist. They provide us with water, oxygen,shelter,food,medicine, recreational drugs and we cannot help realizing a more esthetically delightful world to live in because of them.
As my quest to find others with the same "weird" responses I experienced concerning plants, I came across animism the concept that all life has a spirit/soul and that there are different ways of being alive. My activities as a botanical artist helped me become familiar with plants. I have done my best to delve deeply in order to understand these beings and realize them as individuals. This exercise of connecting has given me tremendous pleasure and a glorious feeling of reverence for them.
If we are what we eat then we are plants.
Plants,plants,plants are everywhere, plants of life that make our life possible. In the beginning of life on this planet plants arrived and humans followed.Plants can and have existed without us but we need them to live.
For many years I've been painting plant life, a professional choice from which I've received recognition and rewards. A subject with which I portray in my paintings a deep passionate connection . I was asked by many viewers of my work to voice what it is that I see in this life form that effects and attracts me so deeply. In particular a professional writer friend, Winefred Gooding ,strongly encouraged me to share my thoughts and ideas .Her motivation was partially due to our shared belief in animism, that all living things in our world possess a spirit/soul.Just to make my decision a fateful one, she introduced me to Mitch Wright an experienced editor. With Mitch's encouragement and skilled assistance, Plants of Life was born.
The following excerpt is in harmony with the heart of my book:
The human beings are the ones who forget that everything in the natural world is connected and is part of the same web of life and so should be respected. It is hoped that all people of the world will someday remember and respect their original instructions to make sure that every thing stays in balance and take good care of their Mother Earth. (excerpt from Haudenosaunee (iroquois) creation story)
First I needed to complete thirty- eight illustrations. Five full texts on the plant subjects are complete.The balance of thirty- three texts have all been researched and outlined.This has provided me with an interesting resource list, namely Plants as Persons by Mathew Hall,The Wakeful World by Emma Restall Orr, What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz and many others. The ideas and information from these sources was helpful but they also provided me with a sense of community .The prologue and introduction are press ready.The remaining text will be completed and edited within a three- month period.
In the process of considering how to publish I decided to start a company named Motherly Productions. The publishing name I've chosen leaves the door open for the possibility of doing further projects of mine or others that are also not exclusive to books.My previous experience in self-publishing via print-on- demand CreateSpace.com has been with my highly illustrated agricultural history book, The Big Apples of New York ( the Story of how New York STATE became the Big Apple). Because of the short comings and restriction with this avenue of publishing, especially in regards to quality, I've made the decision to be truly independent . I've been able to engage a local printer, Village Printer (Larissa Hughs) who are capable of producing the quality Casebound book I desire,especially in regards to color reproduction. Also on board is Printigree (Kari Pollock) a local company that will do the rewards Giclees. Giclee printing is at present the state- of- the- art reproduction method that all of the museums throughout the country use and worldwide.With both of these companies nearby locations I will be able to do face- to- face quality control with them.I'm looking to be on the level of the U. K. Ebery Press .
Risks and challenges
I've done my best to construct my project so that no surprises will occur and if so they will not be catastrophic. If I don't have my text finished in the scheduled time I would need to extend the time line.If my chosen printers cause un-surmountable problems, in that case I have other printers I will call . The biggest problem I for see is a delay finishing the book as scheduled. In that case all of the supporters would be notified immediately. If any subscriber had a specific date in mind to do gifting (Xmas) I would provide them with a personalized illustrated voucher card for their use.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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