Milk White Moon
Monday, June 4th, 2012
I’ve done moons in blue and orange and yellow, silver and gold and iridescent lavender, and I thought I’d try one in simple white. The salt, too, is undiluted with paint, so there’s nothing but the black paper, white ink and white salt, and any color is just refracted light through the crystals.
There’s two sets of salt pools, the deeper ones with spirals at the center that grew from fat droplets of water carefully applied, and the shallow ones dripped down from a height to splash onto the paper. There’s even little tiny crystals here and there where smaller droplets splashed away from the bigger, which brings a lovely depth to the piece like a real sky.
Milk White Moon, 5″x5″ gel pen and salt on Arches cover black paper.
Above, you can see the delicate splash of one single careless drop of water, surrounded by deeper pools of salt. Below is a close-up of one of those pools, the largest one in the lower center with the large white spiral hiding in its depths.
And finally the piece in the warm summer sunshine, and a frame of course, basking on the blotter of my writing desk with my iPhone for scale.