Williamsburg Wreaths 5, Botticelli, Story and Art

Looks like whoever made this wreath went over-board and used a little bit of everything. I love okra but can't say that I like the use of the okra pods in this wreath. Other elements: small pomegranates, seed pods, dried orage and apple pieces - all served on an evergreen base.

You may recognize this as a larger detail of the Botticelli painting I posted a few days ago. I am posting it again because whenI surfed onto Bill Casselman's website he has used it to accompnay his very interesting illustrated article about the history of the word pomegranate and some of its origins. Hope you enjoy it HERE

Madonna with Pomegranate, Sandro Botticelli, Italian.

Two highlights of the week.

Storyteller Kate Duddling in Town
Storyteller Kate Dudding and I had our annual December lunch when she was in town from Albany. Talking stories at Kramer books was a delight.
Kate gave me one of her new CDS,. I have been savoring it in the car, shortening all my trips with her stories. They are fine companions. Kate does a wonderful job of culling the captivating details in ordinary stories to bring history to life. I particularly like the story of Leopold Page, the surprising force behind Schindler's List.

Teaching the Pyramid Atlantic workshop More Than Words with Adjoa Burrowes. The students experimented with a simple block printing technique and made some surprising line prints.

This is a very simple technique that can be effective in an art class or fun at home for kids and adults.
Basically you use something like smooth styrofoam meat trays - washed well ofcourse.
Draw deep lines into it - keep it simple. The incised lines become the white lines on the paper because the ink does not sink into the lines.
Use water-based printing inks - dark colors are best. Roll the ink over the surface . Then press the inked surface onto a pice of paper. Rub well to transfer the ink.
Pull the print away carefully so that you do not smudge the ink. Dry.
You need:
styrofoam trays, trimmed to be flat
water-based inks
sharp pointed pencils or any other drawing tool that will make a deeper mark ( not cutting )
a brayer to roll the ink out
magazines to work on - they give a cushioned surface when rolling the ink
Paper to print on - medium to heavy weight works best
Plenty of newspaper to cover the surfaces.