Today, for a change, I woke up with an idea from the night before which didn't re-invent itself before during or after I made the collage above. I've been responding to all the prompts that don't fit the narrative of my Bee allegory booklet within a catch-all art journal. So I'm pretty sure there will be an additional layer or two of line work using ink and super fine-line paint pens. Will also connect the free-floating coral-pink negative ions and sentience bubbles in what I hope will be a very cool way. As usual there doesn't seem to be a lot of grey area. It'll either work or it won't. The freeform paste paper cut-outs represent wild rose thickets. I'll add many more small free-cut stones and maybe some moss.
Although this isn't a realistic rendering of the landscape where it's located my collage is a tribute to my actual gaia altar. I've kept one for two decades now: a sacred place to reverently return plant matter used to prepare tinctures, glycerites, flower essences with too many components to successfully return them to the base of each plant where I was guided in my bloom selections. The coarse scrim I use to strain therapeutic oils free of plant matter every late-autumn/early winter has a few months to weather itself apart before nest-lining birds descend to pluck up every thread.
The rock is understated and seemingly unremarkable. We are a likely and lucky alliance.
Back at the spiffy first-spark of the New Millenium I read Jim Green's FANTASTIC herbal medicine making handbook cover to cover twice in a row. It's still a favorite of mine to recommend for far too many reasons to encapsulate in this context. He stressed the belief/philosophy that any tincture, tea, or oil we prepare needs to have its maceration remnants returned to the earth before the herbal healing properties are fully released into the mind and body. Green attributed this equation of reciprocity to "ancient cultures" or possibly some types of shamanism as I recall. Not sure of the ultimate provenance but I will say that maintaining this practice and being diligent about working with its energy mindfully has also taught me how to plant and harvest and plan in a way that is equally beneficial for All.
If you've not yet seen my group-tribute collage it's right here.