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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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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100 days of doodles: 91-99


“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.” 

― Neil Gaiman

Folks! We are SO VERY NEARLY there!!

I’ve got new plans a-buzz for after tomorrow when we reach day 100, but until then, here goes the final fix of 9 pics!

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously:
Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18 ~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36 ~ Days 37-45 ~ Days 46-54 ~ Days 55-63 ~ Days 64-72 ~ Days 73-81 ~ Days 82-90 Watch these images as they come to life on Instagram in timelapse videos of their making and progress photos.

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100 days of doodles: 82-90


“I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.”

Kim Basinger.

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously: Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18
~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36 ~ Days 37-45 ~ Days 46-54 ~ Days 55-63 ~ Days 64-72 ~ Days 73-81

Watch these images as they come to life on Instagram in timelapse videos of their making and progress photos.


I’ve been stitching together some of these daily timelapses to see how pages change beyond recognition. It’s fascinating to watch them evolve – I have no idea where any of these ideas might lead!! Get my newsletter to be first to see these!

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100 days of doodles: 73-81


“…this morning I am splendidly imperfect and alive.”

Sabrina Ward Harrison.

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously: Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18
~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36 ~ Days 37-45 ~ Days 46-54 ~ Days 55-63 ~ Days 64-72

Watch these images as they come to life on Instagram in timelapse videos of their making and progress photos.


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100 days of doodles: 64-72


“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

— Ram Dass

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously: Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18
~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36 ~ Days 37-45 ~ Days 46-54 ~ Days 55-63

Watch these images as they come to life on Instagram in timelapse videos of their making and progress photos.


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100 days of doodles: 55-63


“Look at what you have. This is where it all begins. All you have to do is open your eyes.”

— Heather Havrilesky .

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously: Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18
~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36 ~ Days 37-45 ~ Days 46-54

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100 days of doodles: 46-54


“ The point of the dance, is the dance.”

Alan Watts.

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously: Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18
~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36 ~ Days 37-45

Watch these images as they come to life on Instagram in timelapse videos of their making and progress photos.


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100 days of doodles: 37-45


“ Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Howard Thurman.

This year’s #100dayproject is all about the doodle for me.

It’s my meditation, my therapy, my escape from the noise of my thoughts. For 100 days this year I’m sharing these little mark making experiments with time lapse videos and a bit of wordage about my process.

The story so far:

previously: Days 1-9 ~ Days 10-18
~ Days 19-27 ~ Days 28-36

Watch these images as they come to life on Instagram in timelapse videos of their making and progress photos.


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