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The Ancient History of Natural Earth Paints

The Ancient History of Natural Earth Paints

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jul 30th 2020

Natural Earth Pigments were among the earliest recorded materials used by our ancestors to make paint, and their use pre-dates recorded history. Starting at least 100,000 years ago, ancient people from all over the world, including Prehistoric People, Egyptians, Native Americans, ancient Buddhists, Medieval monks, and Renaissance masters used earthen pigments to make their paints. Humans on almost every continent ground up earthen clays and...
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Why Organic Cotton?

Why Organic Cotton?

Posted by Leah Fanning on Jul 30th 2020

Why buy Organic Cotton artist's canvas?Organic cotton is cotton grown without using synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or defoliants on land that has been free of these chemicals for at least three years. Organic agriculture is better for workers and the environment.Benefits for the EarthWith organic cotton the soil is treated with care so that it continues to thrive and to give the cotton everything it naturally needs....
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Painting with the Mountains with Karen Boon

Painting with the Mountains with Karen Boon

Posted by Karen Boon on May 5th 2020

Thank you so much, Karen, for taking the time to share your experiences with us! Can you start by telling us a little bit about your personal history - where you grew up and how did that place or landscape affect your life as an artist?I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, which has beautiful, green, rolling hills and the Ohio River. It propelled me on a lifelong journey of appreciating nature. After living all over the world as a graphic designer,...
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Using the Earth as a Palette with Melissa Dickenson

Using the Earth as a Palette with Melissa Dickenson

Posted by Melissa Dickenson on May 5th 2020

Melissa is one of my favorite contemporary artists today and I am so excited to feature her breathtaking earth-based work here. She is based in San Francisco and during a recent visit to her beautiful studio we got to geek out on our mutual passions for harvesting pigments in nature. Her fascinating process of pouring the liquified crushed pigments across a canvas on the floor creates stunning imagery that I've never seen before.Th...
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