Earth Paints

I usually put left over paint from my tests into wine bottle tops and attach a piece of paper to record the location, the date made and/or date collected and the colour. Here’s a selection that I pulled out the other day.

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Natural pigments for an art practice

My (current) interest circles around the earth and organic pigments of the North Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand. Copyright © Celia Wilson 2021. All rights reserved, may not be reproduced without prior permission except for reference or educational use.

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Okuku Yellow

I found this pigment at Okuku Saddle, situated north of Oxford, in the Lees Valley. This was a chunk of loess from beside the road and above is the watercolour and gouache paint made from this pigment. The colour of the paint is reasonably true – varying from light tan when thick, to yellow when…

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Open House at Arts in Oxford

Open House is a great experience. We are in the final few weeks of the artist in residence project (on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) . We think we have spoken to the public for about 60% of the time we have been in the gallery working. Its has been very satisfying to talk to visitors…

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April 2020

Repeat Patterns Autumn now in the garden; mallow flowers still calling the bees, and dandelion clocks lingering in the grass. Two patterns, one off-register. This was accidentally the result of painting in watercolours a sheet of tracing paper laid over the ink outline pattern. I married the two scans together in Photoshop to create this…

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Bookbinding

Have had a flurry of making prints to bind into books. These books are the result of making folios with painted paper and paper printed by two gelatine printing plates, one bought and one home made. This is the latest effort; a book covered with acrylic paint on thick hot press paper (600 gsm or…

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Pigments and Colour

Seeing how colours change when applied to different background colours. Had been reading at Joseph Albers’ Interaction of Color. I understand why he used coloured paper – no brush marks etc!

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Plant fossil in rock

Can anyone help me identify this plant fossil visible on the surface of this rock?  Research has not helped. I am just curious as to what the plant may be and which geological era it comes from. It would be great to find out! The rock has been in my studio and unfortunately was splashed…

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14 Day Challenge

Being pushed to take risks is one way to new creativity. I am enjoying this Skillshare class “Fearless Art Challenge” by Marie-Noelle Wurm. This image using oil pastels (which defeated me badly in the past) was again attempted in the two day prompt – Metamorphosis I and II – for days 5 and 6. Most…

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Autumn Garden Colours

Autumn is such a colourful time, and especially so when some of the summer flowers are still blooming. Was really caught up in some artwork based on the plants in the autumn garden. I recently completed a Skillshare class by illustrator Sara Boccaccini Meadows – and this was the result. My painting is in gouache…

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