A creative process

Though much of my surface pattern design work involves a computer and software, I like the art work itself to start off in the normal way – by hand. 

For a while I’ve been interested to see how a Lino carving could translate to a pattern. And I also had a gap in my knowledge about how to put together pattern repeats. In particular I wanted to create a half drop pattern, which is very commonly used as it’s the most pleasing to the eye. 

So here’s how this particular process went:

The original drawing, inspired by a gorgeous little wren who visits my garden most evenings at dusk, he seems to especially like the clematis montana. 

 

And during carving, having been transferred to a block: 


And, after several hours at the computer huffing and puffing and generally getting cross, re-doing my calculations, I finally get a seamless matching repeat pattern.


What I love about this is how a single rectangle Lino block can give such movement and rhythm to a pattern. And I love the simplicity of white on Wedgwood blue. Monochromatic colour schemes have such impact I think. 

I actually did around 12 colour ways for this, but here are my favourites 



Generally I like more muted colours. Overly saturated colours look like they’re straight out of the tube (my pet peeve in painting). However, this yellow, so rich and bright and summery would make a lovely tea towel I think. 

Friday florals

Over on Instagram I’m taking part in the 100 day project. 

Essentially you commit to something (anything, but it tends to be creative or nourishing in some way) for 100 days and post evidence of it. 
My project is 100 days of motifs. I thought this would tie in nicely with my surface pattern design work. I really wanted to establish the habit of drawing every day, and experimenting with what objects around me could be interesting motifs.  

Drawing every day is no hardship, I find I get tetchy if I can’t, and I’ve no shortage of motifs…but, they’re all flowers.  All of ’em! 

Whilst flora is clearly what I’m drawn to, I need to stretch myself and start using my eyes more to look for alternative motifs – ultimately I need a varied portfolio that shows I can be diverse in skills and vision.  Having said that, here’s today’s offering: 


Garden pickings in gouache.

Have a fabulous Friday folks and a great weekend. 

Lost and Found : Progression of a Painting

I first came across Avie on Instagram. . I really wanted to share her latest post, as I love her analogy of creative vision, and how she used this to get herself through a tough stage with her painting.

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If  we had the ability to see the world through each others eyes – it would be life changing.  In fact, part of the reason that I am an artist is because I want to better communicate my perspective, my interpretation of reality with those around me.   In my mind, my artistic vision, is often as clear as still water.  That is, right up until I take my paint brush and swirl it in said water and the image is lost and distorted until I take the time to let it settle again.

I think many people who attempt any type of art feel as though they have failed before they’ve even gotten started.  They’ve put their stick in the water and as soon as that vision is lost they’ve given up.  Not realizing that every swirl comes back to clear. Sometimes the water clears in seconds other times it takes hours…

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