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Los Carneros Evening, pastel by Janis Ellison

Pastel is not colored chalk. Pastel is pure pigment– the same pigment used in making all fine art paints. It is the most permanent of all media when applied to a permanent ground and properly framed. There is no oil to cause darkening or cracking, nor other substance or medium to cause fading or blistering. Pastels from the 16th Century exist today, as fresh and alive as the day they were painted! Learn more about this medium…

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Making Earth Paints

Sifting dried clay mixing with walnut oil grinding with glass muller mortar and pestel pigments

Looking for clay pigment in the Applegate Valley

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Mini-Earth Art at Bohemia Gallery

Come see a sneak preview of some small earth pigment paintings at Bohemia Gallery in Ashland! It’s the annual mini-art show and will be up throughout December and January. Where: Bohemia Gallery: 552 A St. Ashland, OR All of my pieces were created with all natural, local, sustainable materials and pigments that I either collected […]

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Earth pigments & new discoveries

Now, that we’ve talked about how easy it is to eliminate toxic solvents and toxic pigments from your oil painting process (see earlier posts), it’s time to move deeper into making our own earth based paints. When I first started this project, I stated that I wanted to make paints with plants, mosses, seaweeds and […]

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