How To Make Lake Pigments

Seeing as how I want to take up painting again, I’m interested in making my own paints, pigments, and art-making tools (thanks to Nick Neddo’s book) learning how to make pigments from dyes is going to come in handy. Enjoy!

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Remembering Glen Canyon

Talk of removing the Glen Canyon dam that’s sprung up in recent years has had me thinking on Lake Powell and its surrounding land a lot lately – it is hands down the most majestic and magical place I’ve ever been to and I encourage everyone to try and make a trip out there at least once in their life. (Lake or no lake.)

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

There’s no place like home. It’s where we live, work and dream. It’s our sanctuary and our refuge. We can love them or hate them. It can be just for the night or for the rest of our lives. But whoever we may be, we all have a place we call home.THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films that explore the idea of home; what makes them, how they represent us, why we need them.

Artist John Coffer had it all. A good-paying job, a nice house with a swimming pool, a sports car, and everything else you commonly associate with a “successful” life.

But over 25 years ago he gave it all up for a hand-built house with no power and a hand-drawn well.

Why? Watch the inspiring video to hear him tell his story.

Blurb from Walden Labs. Watch the video here.

“Where did the oil go?”

An amazingly illustrated and edited mixed-media piece talking about the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. As always, the takeaway is that this will stop happening only when we stop drilling for oil.

Destroy the IMF and World Bank

An old film, but just as relevant now as it ever was.

I feel that this is something that needs repeating as often as possible: environmental justice and economic justice are one and the same.

We absolutely cannot achieve a sustainable and environmentally-harmonious society, anywhere in the world, under the system that birthed these two criminal organizations. Lifestyle choices, by their very nature, will never usher in the changes that we need. We cannot buy our way to sustainability (who can afford to make green purchasing decisions anyway? only a tiny percentage of the world’s population is who). We cannot rely on charity to bring developing countries out of poverty when systems like these are allowed to exist. So long as there is a “bottom line” that is measured in dollars rather than the well-being of people, there will never be justice, and our planet is doomed. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.