Weeds, dandelions, dried leaves, pokeweed berries, blackberries on paper
22 in x 30 in

Collection of Chris & Breeann Kirby

Natural pigments were a significant part of historical pigments before the modern era, particularly for bodily ornamentation, cosmetics and textile dyeing. Today, almost every natural organic pigment has been replaced by a synthetic organic alternative. These pigments only survive in their quaint historical names, which commercial paint companies adopt to lend romance to their modern convenience mixtures. Non-permanent pigments, ones that can change over time, are known as “fugitive pigments.”