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!

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.

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! 😉

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Imaginary Friends & Curious Creatures

This is a limited edition run of just 50 copies, all will be numbered and signed. I’m giving away the first FIVE copies in a prize draw – open to all the lovely folks who receive my newsletter.

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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Happy Holiday 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 🙂

Happy holiday weekend to all my friends across the pond 🙂

Society 6 Sale weekend!

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Doodles over doodles

Part 5 of the time lapse comps.

Part 5 of the time lapse comps

Since I finished my 100 days project I’ve been editing together some of the time lapse process videos to look back at the evolution of these pages. Here is part 5.

Ink over gesso never fails to make me happy.

water splashes on ink on gesso make magical patterns

In this spread I began by gessoing over a page of scribbled color. Then came pebeo colorex inks running through the gesso texture, then ecoline brush pens for their juicy transparent colors that layer like nothing else.

If I’d left this page there, I would have been happy, but this challenge involved pushing through a few ‘finished already’ stages into new territory, in this case it was with water-soluble graphite and watercolor pencils, then lastly a white chalk marker.

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A plan, two things & a video.

About a new art journal

Giddy excitement. When I started this new (oooh new!!) art journal I decided to make the whole book the subject of a big time lapse experiment. There’s nothing like a new book to fill me with BIG intentions.

Plan: I’ll play first thing every morning and record what happens, then edit it all into a video for (mostly my own) amusement.

Reality: It’s been some mornings, but if I aim for all I’ll hit some. If I aim for some I might not hit many at all, the book will sink under a pile of other stuff, I won’t remember the plan. I know me. I know how this plays out.

Thing # 1

If there’s one thing I consistently am, it’s inconsistent. Just the act of making a plan triggers the part of my brain that prevents me doing the thing, no matter how much I enjoy thinging that kinda thing.

Is this massively incompatible with daily life? Abso-total-lutely it is. Jeepers yes. It’s really inconvenient and a battle I fight with myself all the time.

Thing # 2

If I let thing #1 stand in my way, it will destroy my creativity, and I’ll achieve nothing.

So in order to outwit myself I’ve put together the video of the first few pages. It’s not (yet) the epic project I first envisaged, and it might never be. But for now it is this, and this is a thing. If I’m quick, I’ll have done this before I realise I’ve fallen into my on trap. Sneaky? darned right I am.


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Watching paint move

Here is the second in my series of time lapse compilations. Wanna see previews of the next of this series + what’s coming next after this enormous project?

Here is the second in my series of time lapse compilations from the 100 day project (the first one is here)

You can see the rest of my 100 day project here.

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100 days of doodles: 91-99

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.

“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

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.

“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.


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