Happy New Year in art to us all!
This is what my dye garden in USD Zone 4 Ottawa looks like today:
I am thinking of the dye plants that lie under the snow and the colours they were just a few months ago: Clockwise from the top at noon: the colours of Michaelmas Daisy, Saskatoon Berry leaves, Coreopsis, Blue Borage, Tagetes Marigold, Purple Amaranth, Dahlia, Purple Sandcherry.
Some of the prints I made on paper in the fall are going to an international printmaking festival with venues in Stroud, Cheltenham and Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England. Here four more (two were in my last post):
Sweet Gum (liquidambar styraciflua) with Purple Sandcherry (prunus cistena). The sandcherry bush is in the photo above. This was an October 2012 print, when the Sweet Gum had turned colour from greens to redsand oranges. I could gather them from the ground after a frost. All four prints are on 140 lb Strathmore watercolour paper
Sweet Gum, Purple Sandcherry and Japanese Maple:
Sweet Gum and Japanese Maple:
About my art residency in at Arte Studio Ginestrelle in Mount Subasio, Assisi, Umbria, October 2013.
“Ginestrelle” refers to Spanish Broom that grows abundantly in Umbria, and is a traditional dye plant in many countries. It was the name that drew me to check out this particulare residency. I thought the word referred to genista tinctoria but learned that that plant is native to Northern Europe while Spanish Broom (spartium junceum) is native to west and south Europe. (It is a noxious weed in Washington State, BTW, because it agressively ousts native plants)
You can check out the residency for yourself at http://www.artestudioginestrelle.wordpress.com
Meantime, one image of Mount Subasio while I am waiting to sort the copyright permissions before posting images of Spanish Broom
More details (I hope! ) about the print festival in Gloucestershire, England in mid March. The organisers are still finalizing their plans. I will also give a presentation at the festival symposium on eco prints, a demonstration of my processes and a Master Class. If any of my readers would like to suggest plants to try in March in the Cotswolds, I would be delighted to receive ideas.
Ta ta for now! Arrividerci!