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I use to Knit. I loved the beautiful colours of the yarns. I loved their texture. I loved the patterns I could create with just a few different stitches.
Unfortunately, Knitting didn’t love me. . . .
|MUSHROOM VILLAGE - Coloured Inks|
My mom paid the price. I would find myself in the yarn store. Yes, in those days we had several in our neighbourhood. They were lovely places to visit. All those beautiful colours, fabulous mixes, flecks of sparkle. And oooooh, they felt so nice. Soft, smooth. Made you just want to grab a few balls and go at it.
And I did .. . . . . Often . . . .
However, I just couldn't get them to work. So little gifts would drift over to my mom from me, my projects started, but not finished. I am usually very good at finishing a project but knitting did me in. It wasn't all for not, I learned lots from knitting, the Power of Building Patterns. Each stitch/stroke/mark you make creates a pattern. And that can be quite pleasing to the eye.
|Detail: Mushroom Village - note the layers of line work building to a 3 Dimensional piece of the stump. The straight lines form the local colour while the curvy lines give the sense of volume and lumps and bumps of the surface.|
Your work is full of patterns. . .
Some patterns are obvious as in my ink work but others are not as obvious, like your brush stroke, your movement of colour in your work, your choice of subject placement, your placement of values. . . All create patterns to catch and move the eye around and create interesting eye candy.
|Detail: Mushroom Village - note the difference in the flow of the marks. The moss and bark has marks flowing down and out like the shape of the stump. The mushroom marks sculpture the shape of the caps as they flow over them.|
Patterns work alone and in groups. . .
The Mushroom Apartment is a new project for me, working with coloured ink pens. (See last post “Using Tonal Values in Ink” to see the first part on this project). When you look at the picture as a whole, you can see how the patterns of colour group to form my ‘mushroom apartments’.
As a whole the patterns of mark provide colour to my piece. They also provide movement, depth, and a sense of realism. I feel there is also a sense of lightness about the work and almost a gritty earthy feel to it. You may see and feel different things. BTY if you wish to share your thoughts, I would love to hear them.
Every Mark counts. . . .
I don’t mean to scare you but every Mark is important. On closer inspection you can see the individual marks within the picture. On their own, they may seem and feel rather innocuous. Not significance on their own. Like your individual brush strokes or my knitted stitches. But as you move out you can understand how each mark merges with the one next to it to make a pattern. Therefore it is important to think before you mark/paint. It reminds me of Robert Genn and his 37 Club. Completing a picture with just 37 strokes, makes for very purposeful and thoughtful marks.
Your Mark is you . . .
Whether you draw or paint, you each hold the brush/pen differently. You move differently, you press differently, your Mark is your Style. You can see in my piece I am a straight line kind’da crosshatching type person. In fact I often only draw my lines in chunks, making them close together or further apart, to make it darker or lighter. This is part of the pattern of my work and makes it very recognizable from other pen work. In my case I use my wavy strokes to emphasize the movement of the tree bark and the ups and downs of the blanket of moss covering it while my chunks of straight lines give the local colour.
The Secret to good Marks is . . .
I know, you are saying, my strokes are not always good. True, some strokes look better than others. Some are placed better than others. Individually those marks can beat you up when your Inner Critic starts talking. However, what makes Marks/Strokes work well is you have your pattern and follow it. Consistently. Swirly brush strokes look lovely when that is the pattern but one or two alone look lost and troubled.
I want to thank Karina for setting this new task. I have found it interesting but challenging. Next post has one more ink project, this time the focus: setting up your Pattern. Karina and I took the Challenge of our limited palett one step further. See you next week.
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