Last week's exercises were about loosening us up and trying different approaches. Seeing what felt good, what felt contrived. What produced a pleasing result, what didn't. For example, mark-making:
I can't believe I'm 49 and have never systematically explored my brushes like this before - it was so empowering (and sooooo chilling!).
I think I have identified three enjoyable lines of enquiry so far:
- doodles in pen eg:
- free, flowing paintwork
- and digitally transformed photographs like the one I showed you in an earlier post
Guess what! I think I was doing all these before!
But rather than frustration building up, I find it reassuring that my 'self-taught' approach turns out to have been valid.
Another exercise we've 'done' (and by that I mean I've started!) is build up a collection of images of patterns we love and attempt to define what it is about them that works for us.
So far I find I tend towards a softer colour palette based on the natural world (although, my favourite colour is a zingy turquoise - work that one out!). I favour designs that have an overall fluidity and sense of movement to them. I frequently prefer abstract. I like subtlety (whether colour or detail).
I've started a Pinterest board to hold it all and aim to start another called 'Patterns I don't like', to view the contrast. Still working on it - not ready to share it yet.
Rather than pinning me down this course continues to widen me out. And I love it. I just wish there were more hours in the day.
Make sure your day is as good as mine,