Nandina Moon

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Caroline says: In our rushed, busy world, it helps to slow down and notice the beauty in the ordinary. While I was working in the backyard, trimming and pulling weeds, I looked at the pile of branches beside me. I was struck by the simple beauty of the green Nandina leaves, so often overlooked amid its showy red berries. I wanted to capture that moment; I knew that the symmetrical, flat leaves of my Nandina would work well on a printing plate.

I have been exploring techniques and designs with gelatin plate printing in my studio. It's just like it sounds- a printing plate made from gelatin! I used the Nandina leaves as both stencils and masks on the plate and made layers and layers with acrylic colors and an assortment of papers.
Collage of gelatin plate prints, made with real Nandina leaves, with acrylic paint on a wooden panel
Caroline C Brown
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Emily, UncommonGoods

July 17, 2014 12:28:04 PM

Caroline wanted to capture a beautiful moment she shared with Mother Nature, and it resulted into Nadina Moon. Where would place this nature inspired design?

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July 17, 2014 06:46:32 PM

Lover her colors and textures.

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July 17, 2014 07:51:20 PM

Gorgeous colors! Modern and still organic. I love this!

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July 17, 2014 08:11:34 PM

I LOVE this amazing artwork!!! The interesting layers and media is absolutely mesmerizing! I would love to see this piece hanging in my practice or home.


July 17, 2014 09:15:14 PM

Love the technique! Very beautiful! Great use of a repeating shape (Nandina leaves!) and interesting colors!

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July 17, 2014 10:01:12 PM

Caroline is both a friend and an inspiring artist to me. She observes and creates from a place which is both deep and carefree/playful at the same time. She is a super teacher and encourager of others on their creative journey as well.


July 17, 2014 10:27:09 PM

Love it! Caroline is a great artist and a beautiful person!

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July 17, 2014 11:01:21 PM

Such beautiful work inspired by the simplicity of nature!

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July 18, 2014 08:56:40 AM

A comment from another lover of the elegance of the nandina leaf. This piece has elegance and simplicity. The contrasting colors are inviting and the moon is simply gorgeous!

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July 18, 2014 09:10:45 AM

Fabulous piece!

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July 18, 2014 09:13:58 AM

Fabulous work! I love it!

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July 18, 2014 09:59:10 AM

She is wonderful and creative artist. Love the colors and textures.

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July 18, 2014 10:31:12 AM

That is a beautiful piece!

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July 18, 2014 11:20:50 AM

An ebullient work of art.

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July 19, 2014 08:33:25 AM

Great work! I love that she chose an often overlooked plant for your inspiration.

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July 19, 2014 05:35:18 PM

My FAVORITE colors!!

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July 19, 2014 07:14:15 PM

Subtle, colorful, and mesmerizing. I love this piece. How do I find out more about the artist?

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July 19, 2014 07:49:28 PM

The best!

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July 19, 2014 09:03:08 PM

This would look great in my dining room! Even better if you had multiples! Thanks for featuring real art.

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July 19, 2014 09:06:29 PM

Love the color palette and subject matter.

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July 19, 2014 09:13:57 PM

Thanks everyone! I'm super psyched for the chance to get my art out into the world!!xoxo


July 19, 2014 11:02:44 PM

Even more beautiful in person - and there are multiples.

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July 20, 2014 01:47:21 PM

Love the brilliant blue against the more textured looking sections.

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July 21, 2014 08:00:49 AM

Lovely bright colors and design. This is such a refreshing piece!

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July 21, 2014 06:57:18 PM

The colors are very striking. Beautiful!

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July 21, 2014 09:05:25 PM

Love this work! It amazes me how Caroline can take a simple piece of nature and turn it into her own work of art. The repetition of the pattern, the layering, the splashes of color, the texture, and the vibrancy of the moon make me want to hang this in my home. Wow!

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July 22, 2014 08:41:40 PM

Beautiful piece. Love the design and colors.


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July 23, 2014 09:26:34 PM

I'm so excited!!

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July 23, 2014 11:07:43 PM

Love the colors!


September 12, 2014 12:01:21 AM

this piece of art is unique and nice but it is missing that bang! bang! that I get when I love picture. it is unique and fresh but I have to vote that it could be a little voom voomier.

thanks for commenting