In this time of high summer, the world is full of the color of flowers, fruit and leaf. In the woods, mushrooms shine out in their varied tones. Humans gathered colored earth to make images eons ago, and used plants to dye cloth. Now we have those natural colors at our command, in addition to many manufactured ones.
It's thrilling to walk into a shop selling pigments, to see all those colors glowing from shelves. The powdered pigments in the jars above include natural earth colors, inorganic, mineral, and cadmiums. These colors are made by Kremer Pigments, who also carry a wide range of historic pigments, such as malachite and lapis lazuli. I grind the pigments with distilled water, keeping the prepared colors in glass jars, ready for use; how much more beautiful they are in jars than hidden in tubes.
The piles of colored wool are leftovers from various rug hooking projects. I have masses of small pieces of dyed wool, which I sometimes use for inspiration, placing odd colors next to one another to test their harmonies.
This human-made color is lushly gorgeous.