Local Colours – A Reflective Process – Hands-On Learning, Mistakes & All…

Playing with Iron Waters … prep for the fibres samples

From left to right, the iron waters were made with... (material samples are cotton and raw silk) Iron oxide power (1tbps), 1 cup tap water, 1 cup vinegarRusted iron coasters soaked (5 days) in 2 cups filtered water, 1 cup vinegarIron ore balls soaked (2 weeks) in 2 cups of tap water, 1 cup vienegar … Continue reading Playing with Iron Waters … prep for the fibres samples

More Natural Dye Tests… Subtle to stunning

First a reminder about the materials used (see previous posting on October 12)... We have cotton, silk habitat, raw silk, and wool. They have been soaked in mordants (Alum, Soy milk, Sumac) or nothing. I used a cold-bath technique of soaking the materials overnight (after wetting them in warm water). I'm not sure if the … Continue reading More Natural Dye Tests… Subtle to stunning


The staghorn sumacs around my yard shed leaves all summer... it's the squirrels who break some branches and hasten their transformation into beautiful reds and pinks. Against the backdrop of deep dark forest greens, they give off their own light. This is how I see them in my minds-eye. They wilt into a gentle cascade … Continue reading Cascade

Painterly Perspectives

I guess I did a good job because I can't really remember what the original colour of these flowers was. They may have been blue, but they might also have been yellow, or orange. I'm not sure. I played with this image about a week ago and it's been an incredibly full week. I just … Continue reading Painterly Perspectives

That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

Another visit to the Farmer's Market and a huge bin full of these orange beauties. Almost pumpkins, but not quite. Textured like zucchini, but not quite. The size of the average butternut squash, but not quite. It's orange, but the variations of hues and intensities on each squash make it... well, not quite orange either. … Continue reading That’s An Orange of a Different Colour

(Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Taking Shape

I was doubtful about this one, but I am still able to build up the volume from only two colours to play with. It takes a little more time, perhaps, but it's taking shape. I have to step away from it to see what I'm doing. I don't usually have to do that, so this … Continue reading (Home) – Studio Painting – 2nd Still-life Project – Limited Palette – Taking Shape

Unusual Green

My camera was picking up the green tint of the sunlight pushing through the canopy. It coloured everything green. Regardless of the filter, I played with, I couldn't render the grayscales of these mushrooms. So, I'll leave them with their toxic-radiation-green hue. I wonder if they glow in the moonlight too???  Prints & more available … Continue reading Unusual Green

The First Sign of…

This floated onto our breakfast table early last week on a particularly windy day. Could this be an early sign of f... You know what? Let's not mential the other "F" word just yet and just enjoy the beautiful colours that appeared at the breakfast table on this particularly windy, Summer's day! Prints & more … Continue reading The First Sign of…

Adding To My Palette

We discovered a new colour in the garden the other day... this gorgeous powder-blue. It popped up long enough for us to grab this shot and share it but quickly disappeared later that same day. We have yet to see other buds or blossoms from this vine and it makes it all the more spectacular … Continue reading Adding To My Palette