June 18, 2008

Here’s the pattern for tonight: Obama #1. It’s inspired by Stig Lindberg, an incredible Swedish designer. Here are a few examples of his patterns. You’ll see which one provided the concept for this one.


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.


June 15, 2008


June 14, 2008


June 13, 2008


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?


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?


June 10, 2008

I’m enamored of these 50s-ish shapes. Here’s another pattern using abstract florals, shown on both a dark and a light background.



June 9, 2008

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


June 8, 2008

Another concrete block wall.


June 7, 2008

I’ve always liked concrete blocks, especially the ones from the 50s that were poured with the different patterns left hollow. I took a pic of a big wall of them in NYC:

And here is my interpretation of the concrete blocks. It’s interesting how changing the foreground/background colors and moving the shapes around can create such different looking patterns.


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.


June 5, 2008

Revised protective mandala. I liked the idea of the previous one, but wasn’t crazy about the way it looked. This one is a little closer to what I was imagining.

protective mandala 2b


June 4, 2008



June 3, 2008

When I was worried or frightened as a kid, my (new agey, ex-hippie) parents told me to visualize a white light or bubble around myself or whomever I was worried about. I spent quite a bit of time visualizing white protective bubbles….around myself, my sister, my parents, the cat, airplanes, my friends. It gave me a measure of security, a feeling of having some power to control my destiny.

I don’t get the same secure feeling now that I’m a skeptical adult, but the protective visualization can still be a comforting exercise. I googled “protective colors” and came up with this site, which has some info about how to create various kinds of protective forces around oneself. So here’s my distillation and abstraction of the information, in the form of a protective mandala, for Kelton and Sarah.

protective mandala


June 2, 2008

First official day of summer.


June 1, 2008

Thinking about snow again.


May 31, 2008


May 30, 2008

Two variations of circles spreading.


May 29, 2008

Some mushroomish shapes, inspired by a painting that hung in our house when I was a kid. My mom has it now.

mushroom caps

mushroom caps 2