Tag Archives: patterns

Walk along the Beach

Beach Walk  watercolour pencils and ink.  Journal page

Beach Walk watercolour pencils and ink. Journal page

One of my favourite things to do in winter is to walk along the beach with my dog.  There has been a few dogs now that I have done this with, Hannah my latest is dog number four.  The one thing that always makes me smile when walking a dog is how far they walk compared with you.  I wander in a fairly straight line while they dart all over the place going at least four times the distance as I do.  You know with the keen sense of smell that there is so much more for them to discover, I feel rather left out sometimes.  But them considering what they like to stick their noses into, perhaps not.

Hannah at the Beach at Lorne

Hannah at the Beach at Lorne

While walking Hannah along the beach at Lorne yesterday a noticed all our prints on the wet sand on the way back and thought what a great pattern they would make, so at lunch time I started the picture.  I think it shows how the walk along the beach went.

Karen

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.

Karen

Playing with Pattern

Sticks and stones blue hues 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

Sticks and stones blue hues 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

As I promised to show you in my last post, I have  designed and coloured in some of my own patterns.  So much fun.  I have designed a few patterns with two colour ways.  I wanted one design for the top of the box with another design for the bottom.  I have always loved pattern and this has been a great time just playing with form and colour.

Daisy Chain blue and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

Daisy Chain blue and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

 

Squared, blue and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

Squared, blue and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

The colours were a bit of concern, I wanted to push them a little, not just to use my usual ones, so I did what I normally do and looked at colours that I liked.  In this case it was mid-century designs.  I downloaded some on Pinterest and picked out the colours on the computer (Photoshop, although I am only a wee grasshopper in the working of this program, it did the job.)

Mid century colour swatches

Mid century colour swatches

Funny, although these colours have changed I can still recognise them as my palette.  I was worried that I had lost their integrity so I showed the patterns to a friend of mine who really knows her mid-century designs and she assured me that they were authentic colours.

Daisy Chain gold and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

Daisy Chain gold and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

 

Squared gold and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

Squared gold and green 30 x 30cm Coloured pencil and ink

So I am happy with the samples and am in the process of making larger drawing so I can scan and print them.  I already have plans on how else I can use these papers and am getting orders from friends who also want some.

Working on designs Australia Day

Working on designs Australia Day

Yesterday was Australia Day and we had the most perfect day to celebrate, sunny, still and 30C.    Happy Australia day to my fellow Aussies I hope you had a lovely day.

Karen