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Painting for Wellness with Lindsey Wells

Painting for Wellness with Lindsey Wells

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lindsey Wells on Jul 28th 2021

Thanks so much, Lindsey, for taking the time to give us a glimpse into the world of your beautiful botanical art!Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist and nature-lover? How did you first fall in love with painting the natural world?Yes of course! Thank you for having me. I am a painter more than anything, with my preferred medium being natural watercolor. I love how watercolor is fluid and seems to have a mind of...
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Adventuring into Natural Art with Cherith Cochran

Adventuring into Natural Art with Cherith Cochran

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Cherith Cochran on Jul 19th 2021

Thank you so much, Cherith, for taking the time to speak with us about your eco-friendly, health- conscious painting journey. Let’s get started, shall we?Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself as an artist? How did you first get into painting? Of course! I’m a Montana artist who is passionate about nature. I paint primarily local plants and mountains. Drawing and painting have been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Wher...
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Sparking Visual Interest with Shirley Huang

Sparking Visual Interest with Shirley Huang

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Shirley Huang on Jun 19th 2021

Thank you so much, Shirley, for taking the time to speak with us about your stunning illustration work!We'd love to start out by asking, how did you first learn to paint? I started early with small group art lessons. Students of various experience levels would work out of the teacher’s converted garage studio, and the teacher would rotate between students, creating the opportunity for everyone to learn from each other’s progress and setbacks. I f...
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Turning Passions into Paintings with Kristi Rauckis

Turning Passions into Paintings with Kristi Rauckis

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kristi Rauckis on May 27th 2021

Thanks so much, Kristi, for taking the time to speak with us about your equestrian art!Could you please tell us a little bit about your personal history that led you to your love for painting horses? How did you first fall in love with painting as a medium and horses as a subject?I am a third generation equestrian and I couldn’t wait to turn 7 years old. That was the age that I was finally able to start riding horses. Growing up riding with my mo...
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How to Make Your Own Earth Pastels with Anna Ellen

How to Make Your Own Earth Pastels with Anna Ellen

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Anna Ellen on May 19th 2021

"I discovered Natural Earth Paints about a year ago and I couldn’t wait to try making my own paints and art materials with these amazing pigments. I am a watercolor and gouache artist and I wanted to add natural paints to my palette. I started by making watercolors and drying them in pans. But more recently, I started creating water-soluble pastels. They’re so easy to draw with and I love to wet them and use them as paint.I us...
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PleinAirpril Showcase: Earth Artists and Their Artworks

PleinAirpril Showcase: Earth Artists and Their Artworks

Posted by Natural Earth Paint on May 5th 2021

In celebration of Earth Day, #PleinAirpril Nucleus is hosting an open submission art showcase sponsored by Warrior Painters and Natural Earth Paint, open until May 9th, 2021.Artists broke out their brushes and captured the beauty of the world around them in their stunning submissions. We're featuring them on our blog today; hats off to you, Earth Artists!Tara Zalewsky(2021) - Natural Earth Paint on canvas with&n...
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Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints with Tasha Cathey

Make Your Own Natural Oil Paints with Tasha Cathey

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Tasha Cathey on Apr 15th 2021

Tasha Cathey, one of our lovely affiliates, shared with us her simple yet stunning natural oil paint tutorial featuring our versatile Earth & Mineral Pigments and Refined Walnut Oil; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!Step 1: Gather supplies. Walnut or Linseed OilEarth & Mineral PigmentsGlass PalettePalette KnifeGlass MullerThe dropper is optional, it just makes it easier to apply the oil. A glass palette is also...
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Eco-Friendly Animation with The Sisters Bloom

Eco-Friendly Animation with The Sisters Bloom

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & The Sisters Bloom on Apr 4th 2021

The Sisters Bloom animation studio created their first eco-friendly animation last year, featuring our watercolor recipe! They graciously shared their process with us; check it out!“We are so excited to share our first eco-friendly animation, created for Mt. Meru Medicines, a turmeric supplement company going back to their roots and producing pure, small-batch products for immunity and overall health. This turmeric is so high-quali...
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Changing the World One Color at a Time with Leah Fanning

Changing the World One Color at a Time with Leah Fanning

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Leah Fanning on Mar 25th 2021

When an artist assumes the mantle of creating a new product that before her did not exist in the world, cool things can happen. Leah Fanning, an Oregon-based artist, decided she was tired of exposing herself to the toxins present in oil-based and acrylic paint. So, she embarked on a journey of discovery, unearthing how the old masters created their color palettes by using natural ingredients available to them in their region. Leah has c...
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Foraging for Meaning with Tanya Val

Foraging for Meaning with Tanya Val

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Tanya Val on Feb 21st 2021

Hi Tanya! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us- we’re big fans of your creative process, and we can’t wait to hear more about it. First, could you please tell us a little bit about your personal story? How did you first become interested in natural pigments and inks?In my mind, I was always seeking some sort of creative balance and a deeper connection to nature through abstract painting that felt more meaningful and impactful. Disco...
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Speaking Your Truth with Elena Jenkins

Speaking Your Truth with Elena Jenkins

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Elena Jenkins on Jan 25th 2021

Thanks so much, Elena, for taking the time to speak with us about your incredible painting practice and inspiration! Could you please tell us a little about your personal journey that led you to painting?Beginning oil painting as my medium of choice for portraits has been the result of a slow evolution of trial and error in my art process. Over the years, I have tried multiple different mediums for portraiture: for many years I drew in grayscale,...
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Mapping Connections with Joey Hartmann-Dow

Mapping Connections with Joey Hartmann-Dow

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Joey Hartmann-Dow on Dec 20th 2020

Thanks so much, Joey, for taking the time to speak with us about your artistic inspiration and practice!I’m so glad to chat, I’m a big fan of Natural Earth Paint!Could you please tell us a little bit about your personal history that led you on this artistic journey? How were you first introduced to the arts?I’ve always been a creative and I’m so grateful to my parents for always encouraging me— and without any pressure either, just genuine suppor...
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Sustainable Animation Equipment with The Sisters Bloom

Sustainable Animation Equipment with The Sisters Bloom

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & The Sisters Bloom on Nov 24th 2020

Our friends at The Sisters Bloom, an animation studio focused on environmentally-friendly practices, recently shared with us their latest equipment project—a sustainable downshooter!“A downshooter is essentially a see-through table with multiple glass planes that you can place foreground, middle ground, and background elements on with the camera mounted above, pointing downward to merge those various elements into one composition. It comes from t...
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Finding Your Authentic Self with Marijn Westmijze-Steemers

Finding Your Authentic Self with Marijn Westmijze-Steemers

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Marijn Westmijze-Steemers on Nov 10th 2020

Thanks so much, Marijn, for taking the time to speak with us about your artistic journey! Could you please tell us a little bit about your personal history that led you on this particular artistic path? How did you first discover your love for getting out into nature, creating illustrations, and making dolls?I’ve loved creating and nature for as long as I can remember. As a little girl my dream was to become a children’s book illustrator and...
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Finding Natural Inspiration with Kellie Hoffman

Finding Natural Inspiration with Kellie Hoffman

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Kellie Hoffman on Sep 12th 2020

Hi Kellie, thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us about your eco-conscious work! To start, please could you tell us a little bit about your personal history that led you to start making art? How did you learn how to paint?I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. As soon as I started high school, my art teachers helped me to refine my skills. My medium of choice at the time was graphite and charcoal, with a little...
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Embracing the Process with Tasha Cathey

Embracing the Process with Tasha Cathey

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Tasha Cathey on Sep 12th 2020

Hi Tasha, thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us about your love for natural pigments! Could you please tell us a little bit more about your personal history that led you on your artistic journey? How did you first learn about painting and natural pigments?My journey into painting has been a recent endeavor. My husband and I moved to a new city for his medical program a couple years ago and my photography business took a minor hiatus...
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Painting with the Mountains with Karen Boon

Painting with the Mountains with Karen Boon

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & 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 Natural Earth Paint & 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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Natural Earth Pigments for the Soul with Lauren Sauder

Natural Earth Pigments for the Soul with Lauren Sauder

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Lauren Sauder on Apr 1st 2020

"Natural earth pigments are deep, full of secret beauty, holding stories waiting to be discovered. They’re slow and methodical. Soft and curious. For 10 years I have worked with landscapes documenting time and space as I experience it through natural environments. Through this work, I developed a heightened awareness and an intense push to explore natural earth pigments.When I first began researching and collecting this material in my local land...
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Painting in the Wild with David Popa

Painting in the Wild with David Popa

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & David Popa on Nov 13th 2019

David Popa has invented a breathtaking new art form that follows in the footsteps of Andy Goldworthy. He was born and raised in NYC and currently lives and paints in Espoo, Finland with his wife and daughter. He creates phenomenal, large scale works of art directly in nature that only exist for a short while. Documenting the work through the use of photography and drone videography has become an integral part of Popa’s process. Check out these a...
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Painting with the Ocean with Andrea Moni

Painting with the Ocean with Andrea Moni

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Andrea Moni on Oct 1st 2019

Andrea Moni's art struck me with a sense of power and vulnerability the first time I saw it. And I fell in love with it even more after learning the story behind it and the process. In 2015 Andrea was seriously burned in a traumatic accident and her work then shifted towards collaboration and healing. She uses earth pigments, egg yolks and ocean water to create stunning paintings oceanside. She decided to extend her circle of healing to othe...
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The Life of a Natural Prodigy Artist with Josh Tiessen

The Life of a Natural Prodigy Artist with Josh Tiessen

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Josh Tiessen on Apr 30th 2019

Josh Tiessen has a fascinating and unusual story. As a child he was considered one of the world's top ten prodigy artists and the only known male art prodigy in North America. He is primarily self taught and has now grown into an articulate young man who is maintaining his passion, drive, devotion and unbelievable work ethic with his art. He's been featured in over 90 exhibitions and has recieved over 60 prestigious awards and has been asked to s...
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Organic Art-Making with Michelle Gagliano

Organic Art-Making with Michelle Gagliano

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Michelle Gagliano on Oct 12th 2018

Nature-based Artist, Michelle Gagliano, incorporates Natural Earth Paint into her organic art practice. The results are stunning!Interested in learning more about Natural Earth Paint artists? Visit our Eco Artists page!Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more natural inspiration....
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Finding Love through Earth Art with Pamela Hoke

Finding Love through Earth Art with Pamela Hoke

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Pamela Hoke on Jul 28th 2016

Eco artist, Pamela Hoke, has been on an artistic journey for many years to express nature as love through her writing and art.  She wrote the book “Natural Self Discovery,” and is currently creating a revised edition, which describes her recent move to the Pacific Northwest, her recent challenge with breast cancer, and a shift to Natural Earth Paints as her new medium. Her quest to discover a more earth-friendly and body-friendly...
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From the Weirdo Toolbox with Laura Zepeda

From the Weirdo Toolbox with Laura Zepeda

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Laura Zepeda on Jun 20th 2016

Laura Zepeda is an inspirational earth artist in that she has completely invented her own tools, supplies and techniques using roughly crushed earth and minerals to make “paintings” that literally glow like a gemstone. Here is her description of this interesting process….I have no idea what I’m doing but a thousand ways to do it: I’m equal parts Artist and Mad Scientist. I’m making this up as I go along. I am not only creating ar...
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Life-Saving Natural Art with Roberto Parada

Life-Saving Natural Art with Roberto Parada

Posted by Natural Earth Paint & Roberto Parada on Apr 27th 2016

Roberto Parada is an internationally known oil painter and illustrator, having been published in Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and Huffington Post. Few people know that his art process came close to ending his life in 2004.  I had the honor of interviewing him about his journey in discovering which of his art supplies were literally killing him, how it happened and what he did to change...
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