Here are some of my variations on Islamic geometric patterns taught by Samira Mian.
I find it isn’t a creative but more a reproductive process that requires precision and concentration. As such, it makes for great relaxation. Once I finish the base pattern construction, I enjoy making my own additions by highlighting hidden patterns, removing some outlines to add a swirling motion or by adding a border.
All in watercolour on paper, between 150 x 150 mm and 250 x 250 mm.
The fourth and last of the large hemisphere paintings. Obviously I was running out of steam with this one although I hope that it will grow on me over time. It certainly has a lot of cosmos to explore!
Each is a genuine lino cut, approximately A6 in size. The cut lino is scanned, mirrored, then “lasso” selected in image processing software (I use Gimp). The “lasso” selection preserves the natural randomness without ink-stained fingers. The selection is then filled with a gradient, a canvas texture is applied, cut out and pasted onto a new white canvas of the same size. Voila!
Digital lino prints, and I am well pleased with this invention.
Naxos in Anticipation
Naxos As We Found It
Plakos (What We Saw From Naxos)
Oil on coarse sack cloth, 500 x 200 mm approx.
These were painted before a 2017 trip to Naxos (“… in anticipation”), after our return when the colours of sky and sea were swapped (“… as we found it”), and what we actually saw from Naxos (Plakos, the neighbouring island, and the most beautiful sunsets).
These are quick paintings on coarse sack cloth. Held against a window or a light source, these are almost invisible see-through things which emerge as a painting only when viewed against a wall. I like that effect.