Short Journey

After months of work in my studio and many frustrations, I took a three-day leave to visit friends in Salt Lake City. I needed to calm my mind to tackle upcoming projects.

Dana Ryan Perez opened her studio for a visit. Dana has moved from the pressroom to the city farm, printing her way through the garden with ink from pigments in the leaves and stems.

The leaves are drawn out with steam, pressure and time. Some of the leaves give their precious colour willingly, others prefer not to let go. Using this sustainable method to transfer the pigments onto paper and fabric Dana created a series of Sustainable Botanical Prints.

Dana incorporated leaves in another medium, she completed two art pieces using Encaustic—a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in." Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic comprises natural beeswax and dammar resin (crystallised tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented.

© 2015 Dana Ryan Perez

© 2015 Dana Ryan Perez

Dana’s studio is filled with items of differing materials used in her work.

The Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz a book to relax after long days in the studio. Gifted by friends and a reminder of the unconditional love our pets extend to us daily. Each studio I visit has a ball of fluff that gives a distinctive atmosphere, Dana’s Clyde isn’t any different. 

© 2016 Dana Ryan Perez, Mr Studio Dude snoozing! 

© 2016 Dana Ryan Perez, Mr Studio Dude snoozing! 

Good hosts Linda a great entrepreneur and Marty a painter who loves to write made our stay a spa for the brain. We had great conversations and lots of wine. Linda and Marty are the owners of Plant Jungle—a business for people who love indoor plants! 

After the five-hour drive back to Boise, I was surprised by a box waiting at my door. My camera!! I will not discuss the frustrations in getting this precious object back in my hands and in working order. The lesson to be learned is to buy a new camera instead of having it fixed!

Here is the first photo with my repaired Sony Alpha 33, a beautiful grape vine gifted by Linda and Marty.

© 2016 Louise Levergneux

© 2016 Louise Levergneux

As I write my post, I watch from afar my D-SLR and imagine photographing the fantastic season of blooms! I hope!

Happy Spring!