GIFTS FROM FRIENDS

My friends have always been willing to have me hunt and gather in their gardens for studio material goodies - blooms, sticks, vegetable leaves, whatever. I might not even know them very well, but so far, all have opened their doors...or garden gates.

This is one of the bennies of doing what I do - connecting with folks via the garden and the art.

Here are leaf prints from Tracey and Carole's watermelon plant printed with a blue/black ink that I can NOT get enough of!

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RELATE TO NATURE...AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE

That's my rule. I realized long ago that when I am in it, have it in my surroundings, or at least looking at images of it, everything will be OK.

So why not make nature my focus in art and design, right?!

Not that I don't stray now and then (HUMAN nature), but I love documenting my interactions with the natural world, be it with a monoprint, a photograph, or a surface pattern design.

A glimpse at a collaboration with a hearty artichoke from Tom's garden as a photo, a print, and a pattern...

Artichoke 2, iPhone 5s photograph detail, from PAPER, PLANT, SUN series.

Artichoke 2, iPhone 5s photograph detail, from PAPER, PLANT, SUN series.

Artichoke monoprint detail.

Artichoke monoprint detail.

Artichoke 1 pattern detail, Parsley colorway, derived from my monoprint of an artichoke leaf from my friends garden.

Artichoke 1 pattern detail, Parsley colorway, derived from my monoprint of an artichoke leaf from my friends garden.