Part of my research and practice for the study of red, is to find my own source for pigments. In Italy, I was stumped, yes there are lots of red sights, but what can I use to grind down and make a pigment out of?! When at dinner in Pisa, the owner/waiter gave us a rose. I pressed it in a book and as I was ready to dry it out, I saw the process this sweet rose going through. The brilliancy that it has as it dries was magical. It will be a beautiful pigment, but it is right now a beautiful process to watch. I also have been finalizing the pigments from Greece. Todays was terra cotta found from the mountain in which I lived. It's fun to have these intriguing stories to accompany the color!