The leaves are falling fast – only a few short weeks remain for collecting them freshly-Fallen. Here is a selection of prints I made during October plus one or two from LAST October, 2011, overprinted as “what-ifs”
Sweet Gum leaves over last falls's cotinus. After a year, the cotinus have faded a little, but mostly with blues having become grey-blues.
Japanese Maple, Oak and Chokecherry (prunus virginiana). This fall, the Japanese Maples gave not only blues, greens and greys but lilacs and even rose-lilac.
FYI re the colours in the photos: Shot RAW, edited for size and converted to jpgs, emailed to my iPad ( it hates RAW) and “enhanced” (as usual). The colours are still truly lovely face to face, never mind the editing.
Another “retrouvailles” print: a 2011 cotinus acts as ghostly backdrop to Maple (acer saccharum), new Cotinus, Purple Sandcherry (those darkly characteristic ripples)and Japanese Maple. Not sure which variety. Some of the old Cotinus prints “washed” browns over the surface.
A fresh oak print, not long in the steamer, gave the “sketched line” and blotchy spots-look here. That print was overprinted (i.e., steamed again with new leaves) with Japanese Maple (teal green) and a smidge of Red Cabbage for some trusted blues. Experience is beginning to allow me to predict a few colours and thus to inform my manipulations of plant, heat, mordant (alum or iron so far) and process time. So one work tom obtain a set of complementary and/ or harmonising elements in the prints – line, form, colour, value, light/dark, etc.
A twice-printed and multi-layered piece. The Cotinus in ghostly attendance on the left and behind the Sweet Gum, with deep, dark greens and teals of Chokecherry in the forground. Layered sketch-like drawn lines are from weakly printing Maple.
Storm of light and colour on a folded sheet of 140lb watercolour paper.
Deep Purple Sandcherry makes dark green over yellow Maple prints. Papers all well soaked in alum acetate before steaming.
Sandcherry and Chokecherry, prunus galore – and a Cotinus print as canvas.
From August -September this year: two salvias, Scarlet Sage (pink) and Salvia Officinalis (chartreuse)
O, Sumac! So useful, so beautiful. Brilliant red leaves printed green on a dull brown eucalyptus print from fall 2011. Unbelievable dye development- the brown eucalyptus dye in the paper turned orange. How about that for Slow Fibre!
A Sumac print as it emerged on the other sheet in a paper sandwich, with Sweet Gum, Sandcherry, Chokecherry – and companions!
Sweet Gum, Cotinus, Maple
Japanese Maple and Sweet Gum
Sweet Gum, Cotinus in layered prints, twice steamed.
Sweet Gum and Japanese Maple.
That is it for this collection!
I am off to New York City next week to visit NewlyWed Daughter for a week! I am very excited and wondering how best to spend my time there…suggestions welcome!
Not sure about next blog post – maybe about the Highline? i am desperate to see that garden above the tarmac. And the dye plant garden in Brooklyn. And of course, the NY Center for the Book Arts. And…And…And…
Happy All Saints Day! We North Americans have a new saint: Kateri Tekakwitha, named Patron of Ecology along with Francis of Assissi. Eco printers have their own saint besides Al Gore
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