the same, but different.


I’ve been playing with patterns again.

watercolour, gel pen

How many ways can one simple patterns look so many kinds of different in different media, in contrast and colors, in scale and size?

collaged paper, marker, ballpoint pen

A pattern is defined as the repeated or regular way in which something is done.

pencil, concentric marks

An arrangement of lines or shapes,
a design in which the same shape is repeated
at regular internals over a surface.

gesso, charcoal, marker, gel pen

A pattern is an arrangement of form,
of natural or chance configurations,
a regularity in the world,
in human made design
or in abstract ideas.

acrylic craft paint, with sponge & paint brush

Our psyches are plumbed in such a way to seek out and construct patterns.

collaged cut outs of painted watercolor paper

We organise and categorise our ways into behavior patterns.

gouache

Patterns are as much about the arrangement of the component parts as they are the parts – the shape of the space in between.

pencil, gel pen, marker

I was quite entranced by these thoughts on holiday recently.

I had this little sketchbook and just a few colors. As I noticed the repeating patterns around me I began to play, when I got home I continued to fill up this little book with more variations.

I explored a similar idea before, but now I want to carry it on further – with simpler forms – maybe a circle or a square – maybe in just one color – just to see what’s possible.

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Zine Sale!


Oh hey there lovely friends! My Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures Zine is on sale now in my Etsy store.

If you reserved a copy ahead of time, there is one set aside ready for you to order.

It’s a limited edition. There are only FIFTY copies in the whole world, once these are gone there won’t be any more. The first 10 copies are already on their way to their new homes – so don’t miss out! 😉

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s what the zine looks like………..

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Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures


If you follow my social media doings you might have seen a post or two about this already…

My first Zine: front cover.

Out of nowhere, I was struck by the desire to publish a zine: An illustrated world inhabited by the bizarre and curious folk who have been popping up amid my art journal doodles.

I spent the following weeks with these ideas marinading in my imagination, finally arriving at this:

Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures (Vol 1) ON SALE from 1 December 2019

Zine Details!

  • This is a limited edition run of just 50 copies, all numbered and signed, and I anticipate this is the first in a series (cos I’ve got a head FULL of ideas for this!)
  • It’s A6 size (a wee smidge under 4×6 inches).
  • Eight pages of digitally collaged dreamscapes, printed on 170 gsm recycled paper. 

On sale from 1st December in my Etsy Store

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Patterns in Patterns


Do you notice the patterns around you? once you start to look you can notice them everywhere.

A few years ago I took an art class where we focused on grid patterns. Beginning with one grid pattern we developed it in different media in a sketchbook.

I started out with this photo of palm leaves in front of the grid pattern of window panes.

grids within grids – patterns within patterns.

Once you begin exploring an idea like this it’s amazing how many iterations appear.

While I was on holiday last month I accidentally found myself repeating this idea, but this time with the patterns I kept finding in the rocks and stone buildings.

The more I looked I saw similar shapes in other places, variations in this theme were everywhere. Even the shadows and light presented the patterns again in another ephemeral layer.

Now I’m back home I’m filling the rest of the book with variations on this theme.

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Home from home


The first time I visited Cyprus was almost 20 years ago, and as I stepped off the plane, it felt like I’d come home. Something feels really familiar in the smell of hot dusty air. There were sounds and senses that did not seem at all foreign despite being 2000 miles from the place I’ve lived all my life.

Over the years I’ve been back many times, and never lost this home from home feeling.This year I wangled a way to spend 3 weeks here, and had time to really soak myself into the surroundings: the rich vivid colours & heady scents of bougainvillea & jasmine – the sand between my toes – luxuriating like the the cats that roam and loll around every corner.

But 3 weeks is a long time away from my studio routines, so I bundled up some necessaries for the trip and took a bit of time every morning to move some color about.

These are colors I chose to take (mostly Daniel Smith’s watercolors – decanted into half pans in a little tin box).

I second guessed my choice after I swatched them out here – why so many colors so similar? but as it turned out they were just what I needed, vivid blues & magentas amid the warm stony earth tones..

I’m not much of a landscape painter – my camera is for catching actual views – leaving my sketchbook as the place for playing with ideas.

The ideas I found myself playing with was the similarities and echoing patterns, repeating undulations, the ripples in the water with the curve of the waves, the textures in rocks and stones, the shifting shapes of shadows in the early autumn breeze. Mixing and remixing, folding ideas together into an endless series of permutations.

Re-entry

I feel I’m like returning a bit at a time after a long trip away – this time it took almost a week to really gather myself together into one place. What eased the transition was the pages in this book that overlapped the geography. The patterns of the travels merged into the patterns of usual daily doings & the edges between the two worlds blurred.

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3 Little Birds


Singin sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,

Singin: don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. don’t worry!

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A page over time


Inks dripped in water, bubble wrap, Posca paint pens, Sakura gellyroll pens. Good times. This is the next in the series from my 100 day project time lapse comps.

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Pre-Holiday Sale


Before I go on holiday at the end of this month I’ll be closing up my Etsy store. It will be closed from 16 September for one month.

So if you’re planning gifts for the holidays and like to start shopping early – now is your chance – I’m having a pre-holiday sale with 25% off everything!!

Now I’m off to find my flip-flops and begin the wind down!! 🙂

Metamorphosis & Metaphors


My 100 day project time lapse compilations are growing (you can check out the others over here

The pages in this book got layered over again and again – some began many months earlier – and then were then re-imagined many times in the 100 days.

This page began where I’d written the manifesto for the previous year’s 100 day project. An Actual Manifesto! Lawks!!

Never before had I felt called to write myself such a formal plan, but one morning last year I woke up from a vivid dream with an irresistible compulsion. Then a little over a year later I painted over it.

Watch how morphed over the 100 days here –


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Happy Holiday Weekend!


Happy holiday weekend to all my friends across the pond 🙂

Society 6 Sale weekend!

Even if it’s not a holiday weekend where you are, you can still snap up a bargain in my Society6 store from Saturday 31 August to Monday 2 September 🙂

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