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Photo by Mandy Roosa
Glen Canyon Park
April 3rd, 2022
Moments in Communion with Green
Intuitive Painting with Chlorophyll
Spring is a potent time to honor the color green. As tendrils of mustard greens emerge from the soil, coniferous trees unfurl new leaves as they wake from dormancy. Gradually elongating days illuminate morning, midday, and muted evening glows on leaf clusters and mossy rocks.
Even the foods we eat carry multiple shades of life-giving green: from the slippery green-black of wakame seaweed in miso soup, the juicy tenderness of sweet Southern collard greens, to the ripening yellow-green slivers of sliced avocado on toast.
Through intuitive painting practices with the source of green—Chlorophyll, the pigment in plants that absorbs light from the sun—we explored:
our unique, multi-sensory perceptions and expressions of green
the diversity of green (or lack thereof) in our lives, from the foods we eat, the cities we live in, to the landscape in front of us
the dimensionality, shapes, and textures of how we individually express green through the medium of chlorophyll
Participants left this experience with a renewed appreciation for and connection to the color green in their backyards and neighborhoods, with creative practices for expressing the ecosystem inside of them.
About the Artist
Michelle Favin uses primarily natural pigments in her work and pulls stylistic and thematic inspiration from her mixed lineage of Korean, American, and Eastern European. She paints from a deep commitment to equity and believes that visual storytelling and creative expression is core to the reimagining of a more empathetic, compassionate, and socially just world.