Archive for the ‘nature’ Category

Pumpkins

September 29, 2008

We have some beautiful giant pumpkins growing in our backyard. I’ll take pics soon.

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Strange fruits, the sequel

July 8, 2008

More strange fruits, this time cut in half. I’m enjoying using more color for the summer….my natural bent is to do everything in olive, brown and mustard, but the season (and the subject matter) are helping me expand into some new palettes.

More pomegranates.

July 7, 2008

The lovely pomegranate

July 6, 2008

More fruit patterns….today, the lovely pomegranate. It’s such a gorgeous fruit that I want my depiction to do it justice. So I will begin with some pomegranate studies, in which each fruit sketch is treated slightly differently:

Now I’m going to try an asymmetrical version using one of my favorites from the studies:

And reversed:

And, finally, a symmetrical, mandala-esque pomegranate tea towel pattern:

Eggplants

July 3, 2008

Avocados

July 2, 2008

Onions

July 1, 2008

Strange fruits

June 30, 2008

Mod nuts

June 26, 2008

Our next segment: fruits and veggies

June 25, 2008

So many delicious fruits are in season….the kids are eating them up. So am I…I love the patterns in fruits and nuts and vegetables. Here are some citrus segments, to start.

6.21.08

June 21, 2008

Today’s pattern pics come straight from north Denver, where my son Gus is performing in a play at the Bug Theater.

The Bug is a cute old theater, built in 1912 as a nickelodeon movie house. According to the website:

The theatre now known as The Bug survived multiple incarnations and more than 25 years of dormancy before local artists Chandler Romeo and Reed Weimer renovated the building in 1994 and founded the Bug Performance & Media Art Center (BPMAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving Denver audiences by facilitating the development and presentation of diverse arts and cultural programming.

You can see how the various incarnations impacted the building in some strange ways. Here’s an old pic (again, from their website, thanks Bug) that shows what it looked like originally.

When you get up close to the building, you can see that the original tile extends out beyond the wall (apparently built in the 50s), and that the wall was built at an angle.

Look at this great tile. It’s exactly the same as the tile border as in the Grow store. We always speculated that the Grow store used to be a barbershop or apothecary, but apparently that same style of tile was used in theaters also. I’d never seen these tiny circular tiles before.

Here’s an up-close of the 50s wall. I love this style of wall…but why did they put it at an angle? Was the architect trying to “modernize” the building when they enclosed the lobby? And look at the interesting pattern in the piece of steel between the sections of the building.

This large metal floor panel could have been just flat, but instead it has two unusual patterns pressed into both sides.

At night, the right-hand panel glows with light, because some of those circles are filled with a thick glass. You can see where they’re broken out in the photo above. Underneath the doors is what looks like a spider-webby stairway that presumably goes under the theater, and a little clamp lamp that someone put under there, to make the panel glow.

Next door to the bug is an environmental consulting firm and a little gallery where my friends Sarah and Kelton met years ago. The consulting firm has nice decorative steel window bars, a little bullet hole, and a lovely manhole cover in the front sidewalk.

And, for the last north Denver pattern, a close-up of the building across the street, which was also apparently “modernized” in the 50s with the addition of a stone facade.

We have a book at home called “How Buildings Learn” by Stewart Brand (of Whole Earth Catalog fame, and now founder of an interesting organization called The Long Now Foundation which was founded “…to provide counterpoint to today’s “faster/cheaper” mind set and promote “slower/better” thinking, [in order to] creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years…”).

Anyway, the How Buildings Learn book discusses these kinds of issues. Brand essentially argues that buildings are almost like Darwinian mechanisms, in that they have to change and “grow” to adapt to human needs and environmental and economic conditions.

6.16.08

June 16, 2008

One more using that same teardrop shape…I keep thinking I’ll be able to do something with it that I really like, but so far they’re just so-so. I’ve been working on a pattern that I will hopefully post tomorrow. It’s much more elaborate and thematic than most of my other patterns. I’m hoping it will turn out looking similar to how I’m imagining it. Wow…that was a lot of gerunds in that last sentence.

Anyway, here is a little drawing of cartoon raindrops. I think it would be fun to animate this and use it in the background of a narrative cartoon. Henry is learning Flash, so maybe he will be able to help me animate it.

6.14.08

June 14, 2008

6.13.08

June 13, 2008

6.12.08

June 12, 2008

Garlic. This one was tough….I did a bunch of versions of little garlic bulbs, but didn’t like any of them enough to post. Once I changed the scale and eliminated the repetition, I liked it much better. Maybe a tea towel?

6.11.08

June 11, 2008

I’m still experimenting with the variable weight line and abstracted botanical shapes. I think I like the last one best—the result of subtracting almost all the elements. These look a little more Arts & Crafts than 50s. I’m trying to put my finger on what makes a shape evoke a particular period in time. Iconic decorative arts pieces?


6.09.08

June 9, 2008

This one was inspired by a 50s or 60s pattern I saw.

6.06.08

June 6, 2008

Today I have many cantaloupes. I did them in a few different colorways and sizes, but I was unable to break away from the semi-realistic cantaloupe colors.

6.2.08

June 2, 2008

First official day of summer.

6/01/08

June 1, 2008

Thinking about snow again.