Pigment Source: Mesquite Charcoal and Ash

September 16, 2015

The Mesquite 'tree' is ubiquitous with modern Texas prairies, Spring hasn't sprung in these parts till the old Mesquites are blooming and the Scissor Tail Flycatchers are in the air. The aromatic nature of Mesquite charcoal makes it a prized addition to many barbecue pits and it's abundant presence in the area's local historical add significance to this familiar hardy shrub.

 I gathered fallen pieces of mesquite at a local park to create charcoal.

 I burned the Mesquite in a small, intense fire and I was delighted by the beautiful amethyst colors within the flames.

 After extinguishing the fire, I processed some of the lump charcoal into a powdered pigment and separated the ashes to use as a ethereal gray pigment. 

 Pictured Left to Right: Mesquite lump charcoal pieces, powdered Mesquite Charcoal, Mesquite Ash.


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