Holding Sway (Your Raspberry Heart(s)
Cochineal ink and oxalis extraction on watercolor paper.
When At Last (Expose Raw No)
Cochineal ink and weld watercolor on paper. From the Undone Jornal series,
At Your Hive
Indigo, buckthorn, oxalis ink on watercolor paper.
Oakre-Oakland earth pigment with some Placerville elderberry. Of earth and sky, watercolor and ink on paper.
Homegrown indigo with beeswax and spike oil, soot black and shellac on panel.
From the Undone Journal Series 2005-2019. Botanical ink, graphite. One of 600 individual drawing-paintings.
Installation of Persicaria tinctoria, grown in my home garden and processed to create a powder that can be used as a pigment for paint, ink or as an extract for an indigo dye vat. The colors I obtained from the plant leaves ranged from yellow to the deepest blue.
Pigments, extracts, lakes…different terms for the pigments you see here. I grew or gathered the colors you see here, all from a radius of less than 120 miles, most from a radius of 5 miles of where I live.
Winter into Spring
Winter color 2019. Watercolor and ink. 48” x 65”.
Collage of botanical ink samples on watercolor paper.
Hand ground indigo pigment in gradient on 5 birch wood panels.
This series of paintings is inspired by vines in winter, once the berries were removed the twisted shapes and forms fascinated me. I took dozens of photos, playing with angles and viewpoints; the photos allowed me to crop the images and abstract the forms.
Indigo and chalk on panel.
Dragon’sblood pastel and watercolor, chalk white watercolor. 19” x 28” on drawing paper.
Natural pigment watercolor on paper 18” x 27”.
Large scale charcoal drawing 60” x 60” on heavyweight drawing paper.
Dragon’sblood pastel and watercolor with graphite and charcoal. 60” x 60” on heavyweight drawing paper.
Charcoal on heavyweight drawing paper. 72” x 55”.