The art store where I work part-time has a paper sale this month. I love decorative papers, and there are some really gorgeous new ones so of course I had to buy a few sheets yesterday.
Paper is like fabric, to me: beautiful + tactile = irresistible!
There are often pockets of time for creative pursuits at the store, so some days I bring a sketchbook and do portraits. Yesterday I began with paper collage and then made portraits on top with paint markers.
Above: I like the combined patterns and colours of the papers, but not sure how I like the drawing on top. Well, I'll call that one a "study" *laughs*
Below: The drawing is more to my liking, and integrated better with the collaged paper too.
Above: Portrait of CP which I made today. I like this one a lot. CP's face has a very interesting pattern. Can you see how the shape of her eyebrows relate to the shape of her mouth and hairline, how the fall of her hair is echoed in her nose and chin shapes?
While I drew, we were talking about patterns, and how pattern recognition can help you to draw basically anything. In order to recognize patterns, you must continually observe them in the world. Forget what you think things look like - your mind's paradigms are just that - and observe the actual patterns before you. It does not take long to realize that everything you see is made up of patterns; that the whole world is composed of observable and inter-connected relationships.
Pattern observation in the visual world has become a joyful exercise for me. It makes my eyes happy, and then I am never bored no matter where I am or how long I must wait there.
Above: photo I took out the window of the city bus this morning.
Patterns on paper, patterns in faces, patterns on the street... they are everywhere.