Sunday, June 29, 2008

patterns and boundaries


i have been obsessed with patterns as long as i can remember, either drawing them or looking at them. about three years ago, i went on a massive pattern-painting binge, then stuck them in a box and forgot about them. this weekend i pulled out the book of those patterns, which were originally in watercolor, and started re-doing some of them in pen and gouache. first i saved the drawings in black & white, then printed out the patterns on watercolor paper and gouached away in a couple of different color combinations.

i really enjoy working within small, limited spaces like these circles. i usually have to have limits to start something creative. it seems counterintuitive, but if i have total freedom with something like a blank page, it's too overwhelming. i don't know where to start. i guess blank pages and canvases do have their own boundaries, but they're someone else's boundaries. once i define my own area, on my own terms, it seems so much easier to start drawing.

this morning: a soothing bit of classical guitar (sor and aguado), strong coffee, and off to kansas city. i plan to do take-out from pei wei on the way home, too, to avoid cooking today. what is everyone else up to on this gorgeous sunday?

2 comments:

Thereza Rowe said...

they look as though you had a lot of fun. playful and colourful!
your plans for the day sound great.
over here, still going through the process of ' the day after the night before'... OMG!

aimee said...

they WERE fun! it was a nice departure to let the pen wander without words for once. glad you're on your way back! xoxo