Atlas Bound

Atlas of Canada’s Local Colour is now bound! While only a temporary binding, it’s still pretty exciting to see and hold my maps in the book form I’ve been imagining. It was an interesting challenge to decide what kind of cover I wanted to have, and what it would reference. I tried a number of…

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The Creative Path

It’s been a week of making leaps in my art, and then having to retreat back a few paces. While the overall progress should leave me satisfied, I’ve found this difficult. It seems like I’ve been preparing for a long time to create the maps of my atlas and I feel really ready for all…

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Retrospective

Looking back and remembering the people and places I had the chance to visit this past year I can’t help but think what an amazing year was  2013. The year began with a trip to San Diego and working with Dr. Norrie and her Science Explorers Club. This mini-workshop tied together everything I hope and…

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Blue no longer—but beautiful!

This week we had an ice storm come through our region. In Conestogo, everything got covered in a layer of ice—the roads, the trees, and the hydro lines—which meant that we were without power for a day (and we were lucky, many people didn’t have electricity for three or four days). While a lot of…

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Taproot

The latest issue of Taproot Magazine arrived in our postbox last Friday. Inside it is an article I wrote about my experience of different communities and their local colours! I entitled the piece, “Painting with Local Color” and in it I reflect on the experience of running my fingers along the pigment shelves in my…

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Northern Colours

Some years ago an American friend considered the map of Canada I had on my studio wall. Into this map, I had pushpins marking the different places where I had collected local colours. Given that almost all the pins were along the Canadian/US border, he noted that I hadn’t been very far north yet. I’m…

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From Cold to Warmth

The highlight of last week was freezing my hands harvesting woad in the snow, but this week I’m likely to get sunburned—I’m in Tampa, Florida! I’m here to present the Atlas of Canada’s Local Colours at the Soil Science Society of America’s International Annual Meeting. It’s a large conference which brings together scientists studying agronomy,…

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New colourful places

It’s been a colourful couple of days for me … Red, green, blue, and black have all come walking into my studio over the weekend! I recently visited Robert Hall Originals in St. George, Ontario to check out some possible pigment-able rocks (which I recently heard about). While Robert’s storefront is full of fine specimens…

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The New Rooster

My little flock of chickens has been without a rooster for almost two months now … but not anymore! This weekend my son and I happened past Sonja and Greg Oakes’ farm outside Elora, Ontario and we dropped by to see if there was a chance of remedying the situation. After a tour of the farm, Greg…

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Lowbanks Green

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from my friend Reiner that he had found “what must be the best  glauconite in Ontario”. Glauconite is the mineral that gives green-earth its colour, and the chance to find a good source here in Ontario was very exciting. So, last week, on a gorgeous fall day,…

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