While working through Jane Davies’ book, “Abstract Painting: The Elements of Visual Language,” my next exercises had to do with pattern. This assignment was to find a variety of pattern scales, which I did with fabric.
She talked about how a variety of patterns, in a variety of scales, can really enhance a piece. This was my first exercise adding patterns to a basic background.
I started with four fabrics and one magazine image of a strawberry. It was pretty boring. I added patterns, with markers, and that added TONS of interest! I’m a believer. And perhaps you can tell that some of the patterns I added mimicked those that were already there, only in different sizes.
Here’s another one, before.
Once again, the patterns added a lot to the composition. (Although I think I may have over done it with the circles.)
Jane said if you’re going to vary the sizes of patterns or shapes you should do it in a big, noticeable way. This was my interpretation of that.
As you can see, I wasn’t trying to make great art here. Generally, I just used whatever I picked up first. But, I was really learning a lot! Each exercise confirmed one of the book’s concepts. I was gluing things down and writing notes. Very exhilarating!
What great books have you learned from?