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Botanical Beauty in Many Forms

Rod Glover is new to the Tour this year but our Tour members have now known him for over a year since he was juried in in 2020. And we like what we see. You will want to check out his unique pressed botanical compositions. He gathers, processes, arranges and frames his one-of-a-kind geometric artworks. These are definitely a far cry from the pressed flower images you may have seen in the past.

So many of our Tour makers have experimented this past year and Rod is no exception. He is still working with botanicals but beginning to make cyanotypes. Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that has been most used to produce blueprints. However artists found that they could manipulate materials on paper and chemically create these distinctive blue images with the help of the sun or a light source.

Rod explains the attraction. “The idea of cyanotype caught my attention because it's another technique that is and was often used for botanical images. It's also a more immediate way of capturing the botanical material, although in a photographic negative way. Instead of the harvesting, pressing and required minimum drying time of my usual preserved specimen botanical collages, Cyanotypes can be arranged and exposed immediately, the deep Prussian blue color capturing a print of the material in real time. I also like the idea of a Nocturne which I associate with that deep blue, particularly as I am making these at the close of summer before the light once again fades.”

Come meet Rod at our Covid Conscious Over the Mountain Studio Tour on November 13 and 14 from 10 to 5. Bring your mask. We predict you’ll fall in love with his botanical artwork.

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