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Warsaw Pilgrimage

August 9th, 2016

I doubt if the previous camper at the site knew that she’d been collaborating on an art project with me … Last week my family and I headed to Eastern Ontario, in Canada, to explore the area around the village of Warsaw. While there I went out on a few pilgrimages, purposefully looking for certain … Read more

AiR at Pukaskwa National Park

July 30th, 2014

[fve][/fve] Earlier this month I was invited up to Pukaskwa National Park to be their Artist in Residence. I was pretty excited by the opportunity. I’ve always loved the landscape of Northern Ontario and the Park was welcoming of my family. So, we packed up our van for the adventure and began what my youngest … Read more

Conestoga Pigment Hunt

June 3rd, 2014

It was a beautiful weekend here in Conestogo! And, what with the water being low and my family looking for an adventure, we spent a good part of the day down by the river. I was looking for some of the bright, eby ochre I’ve found in the past … but we also found clay, … Read more

Mastodon Black

March 15th, 2008

In the beginning of my search for a good black I knew that I would be burning something. There are a couple of minerals that can be used to create black, but usually the black on an artist’s pallet is made from the carbon left over after something has been subjected to the fire. And, … Read more

Superior Red

September 13th, 2007

Before leaving for his trip to hike up around Lake Superior, Reiner promised he would try to locate a vein of red rocks he had found 15 years ago. He wasn’t too optimistic about it because he had looked for it since and never been able to find it, but he would try nevertheless. I … Read more

Woad Pigment: Decantoring

August 19th, 2007

I usually don’t allow myself to become obsessed about iconography issues on Sunday, but today was a very relaxed day and the work was very minim, so I did a little bit with the woad. I also was looking for an end to my suspense! And, as I carefully got to the bottom my pan … Read more

Woad Pigment: Harvesting

August 18th, 2007

One of the very few dyes that can be used reliable as a pigment comes from the woad plant (Isatis tinctoria). It is also sometimes called wild mustard. This spring my wife planted a small crop for me in her garden and with the weather turning cooler I thought it was time to harvest some … Read more

Georgetown Pigments

July 9th, 2007

For this trip to collect pigment, I was very fortunate to have the help of a fellow member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Gem and Mineral Club, Reiner. After a couple of conversations on the topic of rocks and pigments, Reiner expressed an interest in coming along on my next hunt and so we agreed to a … Read more