March 16, 2017
Two brown bottles with homemade labels have survived cupboard cleaning for the last thirty years. Back when Alexis, Nicole and Mike were very young, I decided to begin teaching them about herbs by illustrating labels for the jars I used to store the dried herbs we grew in the garden.
On the Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) label I drew a sprig of tarragon leaves and a dragon. the common name for the herb is “Little Dragon”. On the Sweet Basil label I drew basil sprigs, a sun, a moon, stars and a scorpion. I also wrote two quotes:
As it helps the deficiency of Venus in one kind so it spoils all her action in another.
Madonna, wherefore hast thou sent to me
Sweet Basil and mignonette?
Embleming love and health, which never yet
In the same wreath might be.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
There’s a good chance that this summer I’ll be adding more jars with illustrated labels to my current collection of two. I’m looking forward to an abundance of fresh herbs to use for flavoring, remedies and visual delight.
I enjoyed playing with beautiful neutral mixes of color using only five pigments, gamboge, ultramarine blue, cadmium red light and alizarin crimson and viridian. The color workshop in Sebastopol, California is only a few weeks away and I’m thrilled to be including mixing gorgeous neutrals in the lessons. There are only a few spaces left. If you want to attend and haven’t registered yet, here is the link … Controlling Color Creatively and Effectively.