Christmas has come and gone. I hope it was a good one for everyone. Please accept my late tidings and well wishes for the coming year! 2018 Christmas Card.

My mantra these days is DO WHAT YOU CAN! It may not be when or how I expected it but if I do what I can, it’s another step forward.

Piece by piece, I’ve been doing what I can as I am able to and in the “Nick” of time, I made a Christmas gift from an piece of eco printed wool gauze that was among the last batch I did this year. I used various leaves, dipped or soaked in various solutions (iron, calcium carbonate, copper) and steamed about 2.5 hours.

Whatever this is it became my favorite weed to print but I have no idea what it is. Please LMK if you recognize it.

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

11 replies on “Do What You Can!

    1. Yes, I’m getting my house and studios in order before I can really get back to my art. It’s happening slowly but surely.
      I’m in North Reading, MA – East Coast. When I last went back out in search of this weed, I couldn’t find it and if I know what it is I may have a better chance at finding it in the Spring.

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      1. I don’t suppose it’s Casuarina, then! If you get a chance, post a photo, eh? ‘Bon courage’ with ‘cleaning up your room’. Me (soul me) needs a very vigorous scrubdown, and that’s a fact.

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  1. I think not a grass. It’s small but is possibly a tree or shrub growth, about a foot to two feet high and was found in October so whatever flowering may have occurred it was gone by then. Often I go from one site to another when collecting so I don’t know for sure where I found it. I looked again a few weeks later for more at various sites and could never find it again. As a printer, I was dismayed but as a believer in preserving native plants, I’m glad that if it’s an invasive, and it probably is, it’s a good thing. But I still want to know what it is and find it again if I can. It looks very similar to a Tamarisk which is a very disturbing invasive but not usually present here.


      1. Still not something that should be found on the east coast. Hope you find it again and post pictures. Still hoping it is not invasive. Although I do love my polygonum cuspidatum! Neighbor hates it , but i try to keep it under control. Tasty shoots in the spring. Fence in the summer. flowers in the fall.

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