Project Echoes 09.03.10
OK, a little late this time, but today is my catch up day. I think sometimes I suffer from having TOO many ideas and not knowing where to start…so once again, I will just START.
This elephant ear plant is in my front yard. It has been there for quite some time. I have always seen pattern and graphics everywhere, but since I have started this project, it has taken on a whole new meaning for me. That same plant that I have been staring at for quite some time started to look like it was moving…calling me.
I was letting our dog out to do her “business”, a beautiful and fun-loving jet-black Flat-coat Retriever named “Bailey” (named after the Dr. on Grey’s Anatomy – “Miranda” was too long) and I glanced over and kind of stopped in my tracks. I think I did the thing that dogs do when they hear something…they sort of tilt their heads to the side (which makes sense, since the leaf was calling me!) I found myself standing there doing that…looking at the leaf from all angles. I really liked the back of the leaf because the veining pattern was much more pronounced. And that is how my next subject for my Echoes project “found me”.
Moleskine and my Pens and went to work. This one went surprisingly quickly. I stared at the photo of the leaf, did some mental gyrations in my head, and pictured how I wanted it to look. After I had finished my drawing, this time, instead of the usual pattern extractions that I do, I played around with variations on the whole leaf theme. Some of the variations are more literal, while some much more abstract. I even overlaid the interior of the leaf graphic with one of my other floral patterns. VERY psychadelic! I tend to really like the more abstract approach, but I am really feeling this one overall.
Perhaps in the future, I will play around with creating a pattern repeat for wallpaper, textile, or bedding. In the meantime, hope you enjoy.