River Water

Recently another printmaker suggested using actual water from the Shiawassee in the making of the prints for this series. I don't know why I didn't think of that! It adds a special dimension to the prints.
So, on a very chilly (58 degrees) July morning here in Michigan, we set off to Curwood Castle Park to collect water. I grew up 3 houses from the Castle. This view of the Shiawassee was my view.

We ran the water through our Katadyn filter that we use backpacking.

Now I have a clean gallon of Shiawassee River water to use!


Anonymous said...

What a great idea! I used to do the same thing with my traveling watercolor painting - I'd try to use whatever local water was available. It makes it seem more 'there'.

Ellen Shipley said...

What a great addition to the project. I like the whole idea of using local water (tho in my sister's case in Ohio, that would be highly sulfured well water).

Bette Norcross Wappner -- said...

Fantastic! Love the photos and learning about this backpacking filter. Cool. I was always going to use water from the creek near me but never got around to it. Am anxious to see more of your project prints!