I love the color blue in all its varieties. Blueberries and black beans can make nice blue inks and dyes but are fugitive and the color fades when in the light for a long period of time. I have read about the indigo plant and I plan to try making ink from the dry pigment. Since I adore the aqua color of patinas I found … Continue reading Copper Oxide Ink
This fall was an exciting time to be a rookie ink maker. I went for long walks to look for all types of berries and nuts that I could use and found that 2020 was a bumper crop year for so many of the plants that are great for making ink. Continue reading Ink Making Fall 2020
I finally dove in and made ink for the first time. It is as gratifying as any creative project I have ever done with the added bonus of making my own medium that is one of a kind. I finally got the supplies I had been waiting weeks for the day before I planned another visit to Pa to see mom, so I decided to … Continue reading First Ink
Last week my sister Carol who lives in Reading, Pa. posted pictures of some jelly and simple syrup she had made from violets she had foraged. I was intrigued by the idea of making the jelly so I asked her for the recipe. Although we are a few weeks behind PA in the season I knew we would soon have a lot of violets in … Continue reading Violets and the beginning of an artistic journey into natural color.
This weekend Dan and I went to get another couple of buckets of ramps before the season is over and they flower. After the rain last week and along with the couple of warm sunny days I couldn’t wait to see what else was coming up. I was thrilled to see all the bits of color peeking out, the violets were opened in full force … Continue reading The Woods in Spring #3
April 20, 2010 This beauty is called a Fairy Spud. It’s so tiny but actually very visible in the woods right now, the dead leaves are a perfect backdrop that enables the eye to catch the color from above. A good lesson to remember for when I am painting, “it doesn’t take much”. There were some new things that popped up in the past few … Continue reading More notes from the woods.
Dan and I went for a hike up into the woods where he forages for ramps every year. I really wanted to see what else was popping up along with the ramps. Here’s what we found. I can identify a few of them but I am not quite sure if the small white one in the 6th pic is an Anemone. I really love the … Continue reading Finding Spring Treasures in the Woods
We are really lucky to have The Clark, a gem of a museum, nestled up here in Williamstown, MA and not so far from my home. It’s never to crowded and I can spend time viewing some wonderful art that always inspires me no matter how many times I see them. Here are a few: Continue reading A Winter visit to The Clark
It never fails, the soft sounds and lightness of being at the beach have an incredible way of softening me inside so that all the restlessness, crazy-head thoughts, and anxiousness slip away. I turn into a cooked noodle sliding around for a few days in a complete fog wanting to sleep and eat and sleep again. Then I awake and start looking for the … Continue reading The Beach
I was running about picking up a few things for an event I was doing on Thursday and was thrilled to find all these amazing colors and shapes that enchanted my senses. I really love Fall for this reason. I can “see” the watercolors flowing on the paper already. Now to get to the studio. Continue reading Falling in love with Fall