Looking Back – Day 60

Today is Day 60 of the Art Apple A Day Retrospective – for information on the project click here.

Day Sixty – November 29, 2010

Looking back 10 years ago today…

I describe my love of pattern and how I went about thinking about, constructing, and creating this apple pattern. Since that time 10 years ago, I have evolved a little bit in my creation of patterns but I still love the unexpected way of creating that happens with paint, especially watercolor, inks, and liquid acrylic. I may create this piece digitally and see how it looks. A side by side would be illustrative about my thoughts. I think both are beautiful in their own way.

Shifting to today in 2020: I now use software to create patterns sometimes but they have always started from a painting. I have still kept mostly old school in my work, preferring the feel of the pencil and the flow of the paint but I have created some digital art, mostly with phone apps because I find time and places where I’m not able to use art supplies but I can create on my phone with my finger! Creating soothes me so I’ve found a love of this method as well.

My next step is taking the plunge and getting a large iPad pro and using a software called ProCreate. This is now the digital standard for pattern licensing. A larger screen, and a stylus would be amazing! I love to paint over the top visual images – especially flowers BUT I can dial myself back and create more graphic images… I’m feeling that impulse lately! So many ideas, so little time!

To see my original Day 60 post ~ Pattern Play ~ from 10 years ago click here or on the image above.

And the story will continue tomorrow…

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