Odd and humorous and likable statues dolls and toys from my archives of images for collage work
While working on several new collages I was surfing around in my photographic archives for ideas, and as always I come across images that bring back great memories and that I think are just great images on their own. So I decided to share a few of them every so often on my blog.
Here are a few images that I picked because they were humorous and were thinks I just had to snap while wandering around antique shops, flea markets or anywhere.
The Chaos of the field, the weed patch, the English perennial garden gone to seed, the forest edge.
The Chaos of the field, the weed patch, the English perennial garden gone to seed, the forest edge; that is what I love. So I create my own versions that are super revved up with extra color and detail crammed into every corner.
These digital Collages are made with some photographs of fields, wildflowers, my own gardens and walks through nature. Added to that illustrations out of old books of home farming I found years ago in used bookstores, and my own pastel scenic drawings made on asphalt roofing material. The rough tooth of the roofing material is a wonderful surface for pastels, as it becomes a flat, reusable layer of pastel with a beautiful black ground. After scanning all those images into the computer I usually have 8 or 9 different images layers to work with in the beginning, and then the fun begins, with lots of experimenting with the different layers and effects until I have something I just can’t tamper with any longer. I also draw and paint digitally with pastels, oil stick, and watercolor effects on the different layers with many beautiful results. These prints are hand-made multi-media collages made from my digital originals.
These 2 prints and many more are available at my shop:
Pictures from the Missouri Botanical Garden after the killing temperature this early spring....
The first time I went walking thought the Missouri Botanical Garden after we had a frost early this spring I caught a few beautifully strange pictures of the damage even a light frost can do to the petals of flowers.
So when I was editing these pictures I had to go back to Botany 101 (which I took so long ago) and look up the process of cell damage by frost. The cells inside the plants are damaged as the water inside the cells form ice crystals that puncture the cell walls. After the temperature warms up the ice crystals melt and the cells fall apart, destroying the plant more or less. (1). This is called intracellular freezing for those in the know. (2)
Another really cool thing I learned while researching frost damage is the definition of the term killing temperature.
“As the trees begin growth in the spring the buds begin to swell and lose the ability to withstand cold temperatures. As the buds develop, warmer and warmer temperatures (still below freezing) can damage them. The killing temperature is often called the critical temperature and is defined as the temperature that buds can withstand for a half-hour.” (3)
(1) The Basics Of What Causes Frost Damage
(2) CHAPTER 4 - FROST DAMAGE: PHYSIOLOGY AND CRITICAL TEMPERATURES
Natural Resources and Environment
(3) Michigan State University Extension
Posted on May 14, 2013 by Mark Longstroth, Michigan State University Extension
Not natural gas, oil or coal but our topsoil, particularly in the Great Plains
The loss of our topsoil here in the U.S. is a very serious problem, for example in Iowa, part of the bread basket of the U.S., the topsoil is about half as deep as it was when it was first plowed by settlers. Tall grass prairies, which make up the rich agricultural lands we have, and is the source of much of our wealth, took about five hundred years to create ½ inch of topsoil. It is a issue we all need to learn and talk and vote on.
In September 2016, Jim and I took a road trip to out west; and on the way through Selena Kansas, we stopped at the Land Institute for a visit. The land Institute is an agricultural research Institute that is based in Salina and is working in partnership with both the Missouri Botanical Garden and St. Louis University in MO, to find new perennial agricultural crops. Land Institute plant breeders are researching and creating new perennial food and animal crops that could help feed millions of people with much less water soil loss and fertilizer than current annual species. We met up with some of the staff and had a tour of the office, warehouse and fields. David Van Tassel, Lead Scientist in Perennial Oilseeds also gave us a tour of the Silphium/Sunflower test fields
I found the plant breeder’s dedication to creating new plants is all consuming, the work is very labor intensive. I thought it was fascinating but I am telling you not many could do the work, the hot sun, the bugs, the patience, the long hours. The man hours it takes to just compare one plant to another and then to compare that plant to dozens or hundreds of other test plants, year after year. Then to pick the best plants for just one trait, say water tolerance, to cross breed again and again, it was a revelation. Dozens of characters noted per plant, measured and written down per test plant. Even with computers in the field it is exacting and tedious work. Next time you eat a piece of bread, admire a cultivated flower or a cut a tomato think of a plant breeder.
The latest news from the Land Institute is that the perennial wheatgrass developed there is rapidly gaining interest in the food world, from General Mills to local food sourcing chefs, it is a new trend in baking and cooking, see my links below.
If you are interested in new food crops, new baking flours, agriculture, ecological and environmental issues check these sites:
HEC-TV Innovations, The Global Inventory Project: Transforming Agriculture with Perennial Crops"
Link to Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prUpO8jzoec
Embed Link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/prUpO8jzoec
The Land Institute website
“A plant in the sunflower family native to the Great Plains and other parts of North America, Sophism integrifolium is an oilseed crop that The Land Institute is domesticating. The goal is for perennial Silphium to partially replace annual oilseed crops such as sunflower, canola and soy. During the dust bowl years, American botanist John Weaver noted how well Silphium survived in Nebraska under extreme drought. Land Institute researchers also noted the plant’s resilience during the hot, dry summers of 2011—2012.
“News about how the culinary leaders and innovators, chefs, and the organic the food industry are working with Kernza perennial grain to both create new foods and add to existing foods.”
Cascadian Farm Partners to Help Scale-Up Kernza®
General Mills, Cascadian Farm back development of Kernza wheatgrass, By Kristen Leigh Painter, StarTribune,
“Patagonia Provisions, a new division of the outdoor gear company, this week releases the first commercial product made with Kernza, Long Root Ale. The Perennial, a new restaurant in San Francisco, is serving it, along with its house-made Kernza bread and crackers and a deliciously toasty Kernza ice cream. In Minneapolis, close to a large Kernza test plot, chefs and food artisans are using Kernza in tortillas, muffins, pasta and more. Minnesota-based General Mills is also evaluating the grain.”
Perennial wheat is an ecologist’s dream. Soon it may be what’s for dinner. By Jane Black October 2, 2016
Leslie Miller 2017
Art about Eden it is our Six month celebration with new sizes and prices and a surprise for our loyal blog readers.
In celebration of our first 6 months in business, I am offering a 20% coupon discount when you checkout. Use Coupon Code: Sp17madaboutEDEN at checkout for a 20% discount for all works for a limited time. Spring madness is affecting everyone here at the Studio and we have been tweaking the new shop! New larger sizes are available, also a few new works and more to come. Please take a look again!
So please go to https://www.etsy.com/shop/ARTaboutEDEN, where you can see original yet affordable artwork about the natural world. Collages I create and print that are sold unframed for you to frame so you can then have a corner of the Garden of Eden in your own home.
My last weekend trip was to Le Claire Iowa to visit Antique Archaeology, and other antique stores. Here are a few of my photographic pickings. Everywhere I go I take at least one camera and I love to go to antique stores and flea markets. I always ask if I can take pictures and have only been told NO twice, most owners are happy to let me take pictures and some are very interested in what I am going to do with the images. Antique Archaeology was a blast and Le Claire Iowa was a great town with several more great antique shops and restaurants.
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