Just in case anyone thinks I’m just hiking the hills and not doing any work at all, here are a few pics from the first days experiments with printing from some of the redly available natural materials that have come to hand so far.
The obvious first place to start seemed to be to mount a sample of Bishop Pine, Pinus muricata, to begin a new ‘sequence book’. Bishop Pine is one of the main trees in the immediate vicinity and has a restricted range – including here on the Point Reyes Peninsular, and in Baja California, Mexico. Of course these two locations lie on opposite sides of the San Andreas Fault and were once connected!
California Bay, Umbellularia californica, is another common species here, growing quite large in the temperate rainforest which forms a mosaic of vegetation types with the rainforest and the pine forest sometimes being quite distinct, and sometimes intermingling somewhat. Largely to do with fire history I expect.
This piece is printed from a cross section of a large piece of bark. Probably from a Redwood, but I’ll leave them for another day.
To finish, the view from my printing spot in the studio (note the garden produce by the door, brought to me by my neighbour Rufus).