The Water Paintings

Bringing nothing but my watercolor paper I paint in and with bodies of water in the Upper Mississippi River watershed. Three series of work are represented in this gallery.

The Hazardous Alchemy Paintings were created in and by the Mississippi River in the gasoline-invested mud I have discovered in Father Hennepin Park in Minneapolis. The Antidote Paintings were made in a to remain anonymous trout stream that feeds Lake Pepin (Mississippi River). Still evolving are The Sediments Paintings on the land at the glorious, grass-fed beef, perennial polyculture Moonstone Farm in Montevideo, MN. A culvert brings sediment from their monoculture neighbor's tiling runoff into their stream. This is where I paint.

This art immersion deepens my love of the ecosystem and creates direct community with our troubled environment as I create new ways to work with the plants, currents, and mud in this version of the ultimate open-air studio.

The Water Paintings
Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Mississippi River Mud and Buckthorn Berry Juice on heavy fiber paper
Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Culvert stream sediment on heavy fiber paper

Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Mississippi River Mud and Buckthorn Berry Juice on heavy fiber paper
Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Mississippi River Mud and Buckthorn Berry Juice on heavy fiber paper

Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Trout Stream Ecosystem on heavy fiber paper
Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Trout Stream Ecosystem on heavy fiber paper

Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Mississippi River Mud and Buckthorn Berry Juice on heavy fiber paper
Peter L. Johnson The Water Paintings Culvert stream sediment and algae on heavy fiber paper

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