As an artist I am interested in pigments; their location, their raw colours ground straight from rocks or extracted from plant material. I make watercolour, oil and acrylic paint, but prefer watercolour paint for its sustainability because if has dried in the tube or pan it can be reconstituted as paint with water.
I will use my sketchbook "Pigments of Time and Place" to record some of the hidden colours of place where I live in the South Island of New Zealand. Time refers to the ancient geology of rock and the relatively ephemeral existence of plants, flowers and seeds. My art practice concerns collecting pigments and recording the colours as and when I find them, and I thought it would be interesting for a wider audience to see the colours that emerge when made into paint.
There are paint binder ingredients and pigments literally 'under our feet' which do not need to be sent around and around the world before they turn up at the artists supply shop in paint. It is my little effort to use local products and thereby decrease my carbon footprint. I am not interested in replicating the colours you find in a paint tube, but showing what colours come from a location. I only need a walnut-shell-sized amount of rock pigment to make lots of paint. Plant pigments of course grow again and again.
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