Sunday, 6 March 2016


3.5" x 2.5" Canvas Card
Mounted in a soft white 8" x 10" Mat 
By Sea Dean

A few astute readers will recognize this from a few days ago because it escaped while I was setting up the blog. However, you get to enjoy it again. I love the pop of those cerise colored mums. Have you ever wondered where color comes from in the petals of a flower? I did, so I googled it. They are of course natural chemicals. Flowers petals and their other parts have been used for centuries to dye cloth and thread and so when paint was invented a large component of it was these natural chemicals. Cave men also used different minerals created by grinding up rock such as ochre, oxide, cobalt etc.

Here is a simple experiment from Scientific American that you can use to find the chemical make up of flower petals or other organic matter. Fascinating!