|Tender young dandelion plant|
A day of heat and thick blue humid air, when my "re-wilding" in the middle of the day must be done indoors, exploring pigments and ancient methods of making art--and watching the wildlife beyond my windows. In lieu of a mountain stream or a cool lake to jump into, this will have to do.
The books I spoke of the other day are these--so different but all useful and inspiring. I've done many of the things these authors suggest, from making my own pigments as I mentioned the other day to cutting pens from quills, twigs, bamboo and reed...
(I've owned the Dover book in the center for years...it's one of my favorites. The other two are recent...if you click on the image it will enlarge enough to see titles and authors.)
|Here are a few of the pens I've made...|
|The pen on top has a tiny reservoir added, to make it hold more ink.|
|This is how Denis Diderot illustrated cutting a quill pen in the early 18th century...I use a similar method.|
I have arranged with the friend who made the rawhide for the healing drum to save me some deer hair to make my own paintbrushes.
There is something so satisfying about making and using your own tools, whether art tools, practical pottery, sandals, moccasins, knives...
|I used this little flint herb-cutting knife in the garden today, trimming back some things and harvesting on my way to the shed. The handle is bone I found in the woods...|
And for the maximum inspiration beautifully presented, there is this video chronicling primitive potter Kelly Magleby, exploring pottery Anasazi-style. I am in awe...my own experiments with primitive-style pottery seem almost urban by comparison!
|Hand built raku pot|