Website Name Change

Today I officially changed the name and logo of this website from Made by Kim to Summer Weeds.

For awhile I've been collecting and selling antique nature inspired artwork from 18th and 19th centuries. Mostly antique engraving and lithographs, these prints have inspired my original artworks for years. 

You can find this website under madebykim.com as well as the new website summerweeds.com. 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Botanical Illustration - Science and Art

From Anne Pratt's "Flowering Plants of Great Britain" Plate 2 "Traveller's Joy, or Clématis, etc....".

"This beautiful shrub, with its dark-green foliage, and its numerous blossoms of greenish-white hue, is very common in the hedges in those counties where chalk or limestone abounds. Gerarde well named it the Traveller's Joy, for it may be seen far away, decking the hedges, in May and June, with its blossoms, and holding itself to the stronger plants near it by the twisting leaf-stalks which serve as tendrils..."

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Botanical Art Blocks

Bring nature directly into your home with these botanical art panels. Whether you hang a grouping of two or six on the wall, or one on a shelf, these limited edition artworks will fill your home with delight and optimism.

Backyard Sprouts - botanical art block

Backyard Sprouts - botanical art block

Each artwork is hand-drawn directly from nature, and reveals the elegant details that make each plant unique by the use of silhouettes. These five by five inch botanical art panels are also unique because each image is limited to 100 hand-signed, numbered and titled prints. 

Outdoor Beauty - Set of 4 botanical art blocks

Outdoor Beauty - Set of 4 botanical art blocks

Priced affordably, and with over 30 images to choose from, these botanical gems are perfect for gift giving and home decorating.

Summer Life - Set of 3 botanical art blocks

Summer Life - Set of 3 botanical art blocks

Color and detail are superb and quality is at its highest. 

Each panel is 5 inches tall by 5 inches wide by 1-1/2 inches deep. The paper, adhesives, packaging and mount on which the print is adhered are all 100% acid-free and therefore archival. The giclée print and birch cradled panel are made to last more than a lifetime. 

Blue Moon - Botanical art block

Blue Moon - Botanical art block

The paper and birch mount come from sustainable sources. The botanical art panel arrives wrapped an ultra clear archival plastic. All images are limited to 100 signed panels. They are signed, numbered and titled on the back.

Sprouts Teal - Set of 4 botanical art blocks

Sprouts Teal - Set of 4 botanical art blocks

Disappearing Panda Fundraiser for WWF

Like most of the world, I've been in love with pandas since I was small enough to be aware of them. My first magazine subscription was National Geographic, which I paid for with my own money and gained most of my knowledge of the outside world. I've only had one quick glance of a panda at the National Zoo in DC. The small window and huge crowds where disappointing and nothing like I long imagined my experience would be like. Since then, pandas live on only in nature documentaries and books for me, and I am content with the fact that I will probably never see one in my lifetime.

I made the painting "Disappearing Panda" many years ago after coming across an old book "The Last Panda" by George B. Schaller.

I had barely remembered owning the book and found a newspaper clip inside about Hsing-Hsing, a panda at the National Zoo. I found this clip just a couple months after visiting the National Zoo.

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Chicago Sun-Times, April 17, 1997

Hsing-Hsing had been a wild panda before being gifted by China to the National Zoo. He died in 1999 at the age of 28, which at the time was the longest for a panda living in captivity.

World Wildlife Fund Panda Facts

The National Zoo Panda Facts

I've created a print on panel of "Disappearing Panda". Half of all print sales of will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund

Disappearing Panda - 5x5 print on panel

Disappearing Panda - 5x5 print on panel

The World Wildlife Fund has been protecting nature for over 50 years. To learn more about them go here

A Swell Holiday Market

This Saturday 5 - 9 pm, Swell Gallery will be open with a variety of crafty goodness. 

A wide variety of handmade items are available from over 20 artists, including myself. Items include jewelry, gift tags, ornaments, traditional artwork, clothing/aprons, fairy houses, teacup plants and bags, not to mention the best soy candles ever made, fantastic mid century vintage items and much more.

"Moments", $85 available at Swell Gallery. Photo by Swell Gallery.

2012 swell Holiday Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market

Click photo for sneak peak of exhibit. Photos by Swell Gallery 

swell Holiday Market 2012

Do Something Nice Today

I'm not easy to cook for. Many foods give me migraines and most others I choose not to eat because I'm a vegetarian, and on top of all that sometimes I'm just picky. Whenever someone cooks for me, I warn them not to bother, and if they take on the challenge, I am impressed. Our friends Eric and Kara love to cook and invited us for dinner tonight. We're bringing some kind of fancy beer but we bring fancy beer everywhere, so I wanted to really thank them with a little something extra. Flowers are so conventional and easy. They are spending so much time and energy on a special meal, so I made them this little painting and titled after them.

"eric and kara" 4"x4"

While making this collage today, I thought about how lucky I am to have the option to be picky in my food choices, to have leisure time to be creative and have the freedom to write whatever I want on this blog.

Life Lace

These original artworks are inspired by texture, shape and color. I am interested in how the natural texture on the ginkgo leaves contrast the hand cut paper and the painted surface. The shapes of the Italian hand cut paper are taken directly from a plant I grew. All eight pieces make up that one plant. These eight artworks were made over many years. This is one of my favorite projects. The colors of the ginkgo leaves are vibrant and contrast with the calming teal blue of the scalloped paper. The textures and shapes of the painted elements and the collage elements are what make these pieces truly unique. The collage contains painting elements, real dried ginkgo leaves and hand cut Italian paper. 

Life Lace No. 1

Life Lace No. 1

Life Lace No. 2

Life Lace No. 2

Life Lace No. 3

Life Lace No. 3

Life Lace No. 4

Life Lace No. 4

Life Lace No. 5

Life Lace No. 5

Life Lace No. 6

Life Lace No. 6

Life Lace No. 7

Life Lace No. 7

Life Lace No. 8

Life Lace No. 8

Simple Beauty's First Bloom

I've issued a new larger print edition. At 20"x20" these are the largest prints I have available. These prints have the look of original paintings. They are printed on a textured watercolor paper with hand-torn deckled edges.The edition size is limited to 50 hand-signed and numbered prints. Available on Etsy.

There are six images in the Lenten Rose series. In this series, I studied every inch of the shape of over a dozen Lenten Rose plants. This flower although called a rose is not a rose at all. It is known to bloom around the time of Lent. Many people view this simple beauty as a symbol of new beginnings.

The Lenten Rose or Helleborus Orientalis may be the first flower of the season in the very early spring. The sepals are extremely long lasting and may persist throughout the summer. These perennials have an evergreen foliage that stands up well to the early spring temperatures.

Lenten Rose No. 2

Lenten Rose No. 2

Lenten Rose No. 4

Lenten Rose No. 4

Lenten Rose No. 5

Lenten Rose No. 5

Lenten Rose No. 1

Lenten Rose No. 1

Lenten Rose No. 3

Lenten Rose No. 3

Lenten Rose No. 6

Lenten Rose No. 6

New Ready-to-Frame Prints

These 8x10 archival, ultra-high quality giclée prints are on smooth watercolor paper printed with pigment inks said to last 200 years. All imaging for print preparation, as well as printing is done by me. I insist that the my print editions stand apart from the original artworks and have a life of there own.

Clover - 8x10 botanical print

Clover - 8x10 botanical print

Life Forms No. 3 - 8 x 10 botanical print

Life Forms No. 3 - 8 x 10 botanical print

Summer Weeds - 8 x 10 botanical print

Summer Weeds - 8 x 10 botanical print

Clear Existence: Sunshine - Linocut Prints

Clear Existence is a series of artwork inspired by silhouettes of trees. This series is about calmness and beauty in simplicity. As humans we consume ourselves with finding purpose in life. Trees, plants and most other life forms have that big question pretty well worked out and keep it simple.

The leaves on the silhouette on this print where those high above an open area. The tree stretched out its branches to reach the sunshine. Simply working calmly towards its goal.

Each print is made from a hand-carved linoleum block and printed by hand, one at a time, using two colors, warm yellow and gold, mixed on the block. The result is a unique print that looks hand painted.

 The prints are currently available on Etsy as cards printed on three different colored papers, grass green, sunshine yellow and papaya red. They are also available on Etsy framed.