Zen and the Art of Pattern Making

Pumpkin Detail

Pumpkin Detail

This is my latest entry in my journal, again I have had a lovely time playing with pattern.  I am surprised about my patience in the repetitive pattern making, but I have realised that I find it very meditative and calming.  I also am very run down at the moment and the chronic fatigue is turning my brain to a pea soup fog, so the gentle repetition is very soothing.

Pumpkin, journal page.  Watercolour pencils and ink.

Pumpkin, journal page. Watercolour pencils and ink.

Not to worry as I have finally got my holiday and I have three, wonderful, fantastic and much-anticipated weeks off, where I can just relax and make all kinds of art.  How fabulous is that, I can’t think of the last time I had three weeks just to chill out.  You will be getting a lot of posts from me during this time as I share all the things I will be doing.

I saw this great picture of a pumpkin with this wild twisty stem and just had to draw it and then matched it to this fabulous pattern, I love the autumn colours and the country feel to this picture.

I found them all on Pinterest where I am collecting the best array of pictures and pins.  See me there under Karen Bailey.


8 responses to “Zen and the Art of Pattern Making

  1. This is gorgeous Karen! The colours you have chosen are so warm and autumnal, just right with the pumpkin. I can understand how much you enjoyed the repetition of creating the background, I enjoy that sort of thing too! Enjoy your holiday, hope you will feel quite restored by the end of it.

  2. I know what you mean about the meditative nature of rendering repetition. It is quite comforting isn’t it. The ordered pattern behind contrasts with the wild pumpkin…maybe a metaphor for the different extremes of our human nature.

    • That is very deep Julie, but I like it. To be wild and adventurous you need a safe and ordered base to launch from. I am lucky I have a great and supportive family to be my ordered base, such a comfort to someone who does some wild things. Karen

  3. This is beautiful! I love everything about it.

  4. Hi Karen, this fills me with admiration, one day my sketch book might look so interesting….. Enjoy your days off, I have found you on Pinterest, I am there too under Sue Hagley if you want to look at my collections. Best wishes. Sue

    • I found you on Pinterest also, how much fun is this, I will enjoy browsing your collection. I am glad you liked the drawing, this is only my second journal apart from my Paris trip, so it is all new to me. I never used them before, I was always too intimidated by drawing in a book, what if I mess up, what if I want to use the picture in another way? But this one is working for me and I am finding it fun. Karen

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