Coaxing inspiring art out of the weeds

Resilience. One of those watchwords for the year 2020. Staying at home for me meant creating cyanotypes, often with whatever was around. So I had to coax my inspirations out of my nemesis — the ground cover weed Creeping Charlie. In the Midwest, this European transplant is definitely resilient.

Vertical monoprint collage reflections skyscraper building sunrise plants cyanotype vintage maps Elizabeth Busey 24 x 18 inch
Resilience at Daybreak. Monoprint collage with cyanotypes and vintage maps, 24 x 18in, $600 ($770 framed.)
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Art for when you can’t travel

Can’t travel this summer? Art can have a transformative effect on your surroundings and therefore your mental health. Remembering past travels or dreaming about future trips can lift your mood and brighten your day. My latest suite of monoprint collages considers the beautiful destinations of our world and captures them along with patterns in nature, thanks to images I’ve taken on past travels.

Fibonacci pattern monoprint collage with cyanotypes and vintage maps of England by Elizabeth Busey. 18 x 18 inch. Prussian blues oranges nature patterns
Lucent. Monoprint Collage. 18 x 18in. $475 ($575 framed)
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Delight (and printing) from the sun

Cyanotype of maple leaves moving dries and darkens on a retaining wall.

2020 has been dark, so whenever we have bright sunshine, my heart lifts. When a clear day is forecast, I burst into action to capture art from the sun. I quickly sensitize paper in a windowless bathroom with only a 40 watt incandescent bulb to see by. Images are  most brilliant when you make your exposures within 24 hours of sensitizing the paper, so planning is critical.

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