I was sifting through paintings the other day to take to The Curiosity Gallery in St Ives who stock my artwork, and I uncovered this little pattern tile. Since it had not seen the light of day since I made it some time last year, I thought it was high time I finished it! So one short burst of activity later I had added some black ink to what was originally just a watercolour image, scanned it and tried out repeating the tile. I was highly delighted to discover that it works quite well as a pattern! I love trying to figure out pattern tiles by hand, it’s such fun and gives you a great sense of achievement when you find it all fits together nicely. Here is my (still a bit rough around the edges) finished pattern.
I realised a couple of days ago that Gifted? had opened their new competition with the brief “tropical” and I thought it would be fun to enter. Then I realised I was a little behind the times, in fact the deadline was the end of the very same day… I decided to fish out my watercolour set and get going despite the tight deadline – after all there is a certain freedom to feeling like you have so little time to do something that if it doesn’t work, well, so what? Anyway, I managed to paint these two little watercolour pictures and submit them before the end of the day, which made me happy and also made me realise that sometimes it’s actually quite nice not to overthink things!
Patterns and illustrations seem to be coming together for me – I do find it quite difficult not to give everything a happy face, even if it’s just clouds… Here are a couple of new patterns.
A little while ago I was asked to create a piece of artwork inspired by and featuring the poem “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell which was to become a print. An unusual job for me and a challenging one too! I wanted to create a piece that was somewhere between a pattern and an illustration and it was also important to keep the background fairly neutral to allow the poem to be read. I used the motif from a pattern I had previously made because this “Queen of Diamonds” just felt like the right character to me. I gave the image a completely different background pattern and overall colour, and placed the poem over the top. Below is the finished result – the print is 50cm high so it’s a bit easier to read!
As well as working on a new chapter book series I am thinking a lot about patterns at the moment as I am taking of one of Rachael Taylor‘s rather excellent Make It In Design courses! It’s such fun making patterns and really lovely to be spurred on by my teachers and classmates. Here are some of my newest patterns that focus on characters.
I have been trying my hand at something a little bit different just recently – Make It In Design are running a competition to illustrate an inspirational quote with the winner earning a place on their Ultimate Portfolio Builder course starting in a few weeks. If I’m honest I’m already signed up to do the course but I couldn’t resist entering the competition anyway! “Damn the torpedoes” has long been a favourite quote of mine and I recently discovered the wonderful “nothing is impossible…” said by Audrey Hepburn. These two images were made by hand with ink and collage and were positively therapeutic to work on!
I woke the other day to thick flakes of snow falling past my window. It didn’t last long before turning to so much slush, but whilst it was falling the world was silent and beautiful. I can’t help it, I love snow! Here is a little red critter who has just come across a cowboy snowman. I liked him so much I turned him into a pattern too.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… This week, in between scoffing mince pies, I’ve been having fun working on some festive patterns. Happy Christmas everyone!
It’s cold in the air and damp on the ground and in the forests and the fields the mushrooms are beginning to appear. I’m looking forward to finding my first chanterelles and penny buns, but meantime I thought I’d celebrate the season of the mushroom with a few fungus-inspired patterns – these ones are anything but edible…
I am over the moon to find that my work has been featured on both Print and Pattern and the Make it in Design blog today! Earlier in the year I submitted work for the “student showcase” after graduating from Rachael Taylor’s e-course The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design and they chose to show my rainy sky pattern alongside the beautiful patterns created by some of my fellow students! I’m thrilled to bits and it just makes me want to make more patterns – in fact here are some below…