Islamic Patterns

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.

April 2018

Carrot And Ginger Soup

Carrot and Ginger Soup, Served With a Poached Egg. Watercolour on paper, January 2015

Carrot And Ginger Soup, Served With Soured Cream, Poached Egg And Wilted Greens
Watercolour on paper, January 2015

Olivia And Bernd At Home

Olivia And Bernd At Home, Ink and watercolour on paper, June 2003

The line drawing is by guest artist Olivia Dowling, whose present whereabouts are sadly unknown. Colouring by Bernd.

Olivia and Bernd at Home.
Ink and watercolour on paper, June 2003

This little thing is of outstanding importance because Olivia’s visit, this doodle and many other conversations around the visual arts turned this whole thing on for me and made me try out oil paints for the first time.

Don Giovanni, Frida and I

Don Giovanni, Frida and I

Watercolour on paper, approximately A4

One of my earliest works, clearly influenced by a Frida Kahlo biography which I read at the time. Don Giovanni is our (then) cat, who only dreamed of mice but never caught one.

The waterscape is in reference to the Day Skipper sailing course, which I completed at the same time in rough weather in the Solent.