The subject was a series of lagoons at the foot of Ausangate, a sacred mountain or Apu south of the Peruvian city of Cusco, where I had been earlier in the summer to study. A large triptych might give the sense of being inside the vast space of this landscape. Most of all I wanted to convey the primeval life and power that surrounds this holy mountain.
At the beginning of each workday I lit a candle to open sacred space and used the mesa to activate cekes to this Apu. There had been a strong connection established during the trip and I hoped the energetic pathways were still awake.
Never having worked this large in pastel before, I had to figure out how to do it as I went along. Unlike a painted mural, I had to work flat on the floor and find ways not to smudge everything as I walked over it. After sketching out the basic composition I began working from the top down on each panel, sliding foamcore under each section as I worked on it.
Another challenge was the amount of pastel dust I created... I ended up sweeping regularly, mopping the floor with damp cloths and taking plenty of algin, aka Solaray Detox.