the reed flute (or karst) cave in guilin, southern china, was carved out of the karst limestone mountains over 180 million years ago from an underground river that has now settled into a lake. more than 70 ink inscriptions dating back to 792 ce can also be found inside the cave, which was left forgotten for a thousand years before being rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing japanese troops. photos by james p. nelson, christianortiz, jesse estes, adam allegro, filip m.a.
A couple of new experiments. The one on the right is ink on top of metal leaf; pretty excited about how cool that will look eventually. The other is a bunch of peeling layers of wallpaper, which was my original concept for the wallpaper Colonization pieces (little worlds spreading on stained/old walls).
I’m nearly done with this one. It went through some different incarnations before I decided to mount it on a panel and do the wide border with silver leaf. It’s some kind of ice castle realm but I don’t have a title yet.