Friday, July 30, 2010

newest pattern sketch

I've mentioned before how I've had a bit of a block about Making Art (that should be said with a booming and intimidating voice) and how my sketchbook is full of ideas that, for whatever reason, don't seem to leave my sketchbook. I've come to the conclusion that part of my problem is that I'm beating myself up so much over what I'm not doing that I'm not seeing the great things that I have been doing. Like the pattern sketches.

I posted this one a couple of weeks ago. Here's another:

image: s.h.h.


I have a bit of a love-hate relationships with pattern and design. I really love playing with pattern but I beat myself up over not making more conceptual work. I have some thoughts floating around about how maybe the pattern is the concept, and that meaning can grow from there, but at this point I think it's important to keep moving forward. Ultimately, if playing with pattern is where things are, then that's a great place to be.

What do you do when you know you're getting in your own way?

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5 comments:

Stacey said...

Sara, I completely understand!!! It's funny that you posted this today. You should go over to my blog and read my post from 3am this morning.

Adaanddarcy said...

Looks pretty fine to me... Sadly i cannot sketch! xxx

Gretchenmist said...

interesting post! i completely relate to the feeling that you should be producing something 'other than'. i often feel that way, and put it down to having such a small amount of time to achieve what i want to achieve. sometimes i think, like your ultimately conclusion, that if you just go with what you're doing at the time, something great will come of it. . .
this sketch is amazing and i'd love to see it as a pattern. am really interested in learning how to do this!
xx

5 o'clock crows said...

Thanks for the reminder! I've been thinking a lot about "Do your best, leave the rest, Angels do no more" lately. Eventually I'll get the hang of it. :)

5 o'clock crows said...

Thanks, Belinda! I've been thinking a lot about your comment since you posted it. You put it perfectly when you said "other than", which is so close to "less than" in my mind, and a dangerous way of thinking that I slip into all too easily. On the other hand, is this impulse to constantly reach for what I label as "other/less than" what gives me such drive? There must be a way to balance these contrasting impulses.

Thanks for the kudos on the sketch! I've been really boosted by the positive comments I"ve gotten on it and I'm getting more and more excited about these patterns as I work with them more.