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A sugar glider painted by Daryl Dickson, author of the book I just reviewed.

Book Review | Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife

Celebrating Australia’s Magnificent Wildlife is a beautiful book. From the cover jacket to every page inside, it is a visual treat and delight that will mesmerize wildlife and art lovers from any continent. The author and artist shares with us her journey, and as a reader who is also both and artist and author, I rooted for her as the character in this story.

A short tutorial on how to identify pigment rocks.

How To Identify Pigment Rocks?

A short tutorial on how to identify pigment rocks. This is how I decide which ones to use for making my handmade watercolor paints.

A tiny bit of blue pigment extracted from Commelina communis petals.

Chasing the Blue Pigment

I had almost resigned myself to never having an Ozark source for a stable blue pigment. I’d tried various flowers around here, like chicory, and hoped the blue porcelain berry skins would have given me blue. None of the rocks have even the slightest hint of blue (except for the one that looked grayish blue …

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My Crow Obsession

Yesterday I mentioned my white spotted crow obsession. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen him, but this morning he was on the driveway again. Today I managed to get a pic of Spot. It’s not a very good one, but at least you can see he’s not a figment of my imagination. …

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