This time of deep summer, or midsummer speaks to me of so many things: fireflies and stars, midnight escapades to deep lakes and the possibility that the light will go on forever. And art, above and beyond all, there is art.
Midsummer, June 21, is also the epicenter of the year, with 6 months behind us and 6 months yet to come; a time to take stock and set my art course for the coming months.
My art course was recently altered by a botanical ecoprinting class with artist, Lotta Helleberg. My previous botanical monoprints utilized plants as a means to create pattern. The color of the print was provided by acrylic paint. In ecoprinting, the plants, through the process of soaking and simmering, become both the print and the color medium.
What a revelation! I was enchanted by the mysterious and numinous results and since then, I've been working on ways juxtaposing ecoprints, monoprints and text in a collage format. I'm excited by the results and ready to ready to spend the summer cooking up prints in my own backyard. Call in the fireflies!