Friday, 16 December 2011

An Obsession Put to Bed... Finally

Over on Facebook I am part of a group that does a painting challenge every month, which is called... you guessed it the Monthly Painters Challenge... and this month the challenge topic was Design for Fabric...now this was actually a bit of a loaded topic for me because I had a wee problem with obsessively painting pattern for  months on end... and while I consider this idea of following obsessions quite a healthy part of artistic practice... I know that it can be a bit boring to live with someone who is obsessing on something... and while being submerged in a visual obsession is quite healthy and interesting compared to an obsession with say, I don't know, watching sport...I did put my toe back in the water with some trepidation....


I actually ended up with two canvases and while they look like a lot of work they are actually quite therapeutic and calming, and especially as I did absolutely nothing to extend or deepen the imagery or process, or blah blah blah....sorry for a minute there I almost slipped into art theory speak.... that was a close call... and at the end of the day I just wanted to play with pattern again and it was lovely to not think or push myself or worry about skills or anything like that... just put some paint down on a canvas... more like colouring in.... except in this case they really do look better in this case if you stay in the lines....


It must be said though that despite all the lovely memories and calming process and things it did get a bit old quite quickly and I think I can say the pattern obsession has been put to rest... cue applause here...though not too much applause becuase the same can't be said for my obsession with tea, and tea cups, or flowers, but hey one step at a time people, one step at a time....


So here are some, and just a small selection mind, of the older canvases, all shown with various degrees of bad photography, but it gives you an idea of how much these things took over the studio... just walking in was enough to give the most die hard pattern lover a headache... it can never be said that I do things by halves... So in the spirit of not doing things by halves you should head over to Paint Party Friday which is hosted by the lovely Kristin and Eva, and is full of wonderful wonderful artistic obsessions, or of course you can hit the Monthly Painters Challenge link on the side and see the other submissions and happy painting obsessions all...xx




38 comments:

Lorinda said...

These are so beautiful Tracey! So intricate and rich. They really do look like a huge amount of work. What medium are you using? Congrats on kicking the obsession. Funny how one day you can't get enough of something and the next day you're all "eh" about it. I'm like that with TV shows and foods.

Tracey Potter said...

Great Post Trace! Love your pattern pieces, old and new! You have a knack for floral designs. These MPC topics are so challenging, but hugely rewarding to step outside your comfort zone and create to a deadline. Thanks for joining in and submitting such a wonderful piece! Have a great weekend.

Rita said...

These are gloriously rich. I can see why you wold obsess on them. Wow! Love the shades of color against the dark backgrounds. All I can say is wow!! :)

Ayala Art said...

Obsessions are good! Xo) Great patterns, very rich in color, I love the most, the color in the very last pic.
Happy PPF

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Wow, you definitely have more patience than I do. Lovely patterns :).
Stay inspired!

craftattack said...

Love your patters, I know how obsessive they make! Valerie

WrightStuff said...

Beautiful! A labour of love indeed.

rajns (carolyn) said...

Such elegant patterns - they remind me of a by gone era of opulence. It all looks so precise and planned!

Nigel said...

These are glorious, so rich with colour and detail.

NatashaMay said...

Brilliant! I don't have the nerves to do something as detailed as this. :) Hats off to you!

La Abela said...

It seems hard and laborious work, but the result is very good. Abrazo

carlarey said...

I can totally understand the meditative aspect of doing paintings like this. I really like these, love how strong the pattern is against the black background.

hastingshall2 said...

Really beautiful patterns you have dreamed up. I love the way the colors blend into each other. I'd love a lovely shawl from this "fabric". Faye

Debbie said...

Very beautiful designs! Your patience in this project is amazing, and inspiring. I'd love to know more about how you did this.

Robin Panzer Art said...

Lovely, lovely pattern work and I'm happy your obsession has been put to rest to make way for the next one! ~Happy Paint Party Friday! #40 Robin Panzer Art Studio 33

Anne said...

Your patterns look beautiful! I especially love the last one with the blues and greens.

And just for the record, being obsessed with tea and flowers is not a bad thing!!

Happy PPF!

Cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

*Applause*...not for kicking the pattern obsession (I do love me a good obsession), but for creating such pretty examples of the affliction!

Beadwright said...

The patterns are beautiful. Wonderful job.
Have a happy Christmas
Nicole/Beadwright

SHERI C said...

The patterns are elegant and lovely. You have great patience to see it to the end as you did. Wonderful results. Happy PPF!

Daniele Valois said...

really beautiful!

Theresa said...

I love the patterns & textures to these! Great job! Happy PPF!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Bravo! Wonderful! ~ ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Obsessions are good...in moderation! Is there such a thing? These designs are fantastic!! Have you seen those programs on the web where you can repeat your patterns or part of your patterns? :^) Patsy from
HeARTworks

tammy vitale said...

wow! what else is left to say? Magnificent Obsessions!
Great post over at Creative Every Day!

Steph said...

these are pretty!!!
thanks for sharing and happy PPF!!

Gloria said...

Really beautiful patterns. You've done a great job! Thanks for sharing. Happy PPF!

Christine said...

Beautiful intricate patterns you created! I love patterns.

Joni Nickrent said...

Gorgeous and amazing patterns...LOVE It!

Tracy said...

Wow those are gorgeous!!

Mary C. Nasser said...

Glad you put your toe back in the water! :)
These designs and compositions are divine!
Love the ornate details and flourishes.

Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

BlackPumpkin said...

You have such a patience!!! they are wonderful!!

Gloria said...

How on earth did you do these?! What medium? Did you put colors on then do negative painting with dark colors over the colored background. I am floored, such talent!

Serena Lewis said...

WOW! The patterns on the dark background look fabulous! It reminds me a lot of Khokloma painting which I think is a Russian technique of painting in a black background around a gold pattern. I did it once and swore I'd never do it again. lol

VonnyK said...

Wow Trace these are incredible. They must have taken forever to draw, but what a result. Love the colours. No way would I have the patience for that.

Victoria said...

Wow..these are decadent, gorgeous and dazzling...love this vibe..fabulous and romantic too!
victoria

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Wow - look at all of that detail. That is amazing! It is beautiful, but I don't know if I have the patience for that intricate work. Inspiring!

Melisa said...

These are lovely, especially the blue one. I think I would enjoy drawing the patterns but filling in the color would be too tedious and I'd give up halfway through. :)

A Splash of Ida said...

they are such lovely patterns!!! :-) I love them all!

xoxo
Ida