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Slight Ventifact

©Susan Snipes
“Slight Ventifact”
Acrylic, graphite, pastel powder on panel
12 x 12 x 0.75 inches, framed at 14 x 14 x 2 inches

I find the mushroom ventifact a powerful symbol of potential energy. The heavy top portion of the rock remains aloft until wind closer to the earth’s surface erodes the spindle.

Using a wood panel as a surface lets me draw strong pencil lines onto my paintings. I sanded several layers of paint to start the desert-inspired surface and left the powdered pastel sprinkles visible like dust.

This painting is part of Susan’s solo exhibition “Potential Energy”.

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