WEEK 1

 Lupine Harvest

Lupine Harvest

My first day at the institute I stumbled across more lupine growing wild in the meadow than I've ever seen in my life, I was ecstatic as my bag filled up rapidly

I also gathered a good amount of sorrel and spent the following day testing the colors of each plant with alum and an afterbath of Iron

 

 Lupine and Sheep Sorel, cotton strips patterned in an iron afterbath

Lupine and Sheep Sorel, cotton strips patterned in an iron afterbath

I finished painting both plants in my Spring Dye Harvest watercolor! I'm aiming to keep pace with this painting as I test each plant species. It's such a dream to be able to paint all of these from life, laid out right on my paper where I'm working

 Spring Dye Harvest progress, watercolor and gouache

Spring Dye Harvest progress, watercolor and gouache

The first bundle dyes have been prepped, rolled up, and set to simmer in a bath of sumac leaves, leftover sorrel, and some found bark ! I'm going to let these cook for a week and determine which plant species work the best. This batch includes Lupine leaves, Sheep Sorrel, Oak leaves, May Apples, Dandelion, Red Onion skins, Yarrow leaves, Ferns of some sort,  and both Bedstraw and Madder root