Any time I’ve been looking at lots of fabric, I find that if I close my eyes I see patterns. It doesn’t happen when I’m trying to think of ideas. It’s more like I’m putting a baby to sleep and close my eyes for a second or two and there it is, some very specific design. Sometimes I can figure out what influences have mixed together in my mind to inspire the image and sometimes I can’t. Occasionally, one will stick with me and I just have to put it down on paper. That happened yesterday. With one child napping and the other playing happily I sat down with some oil pastels to get it out.
Oil pastels would not have been my first choice for this design, but they were handy and had the yellow ochre color I was looking for. It ended up a little thick, but records the thought enough that I’ll be able to go back to it in the future. I also did a charcoal sketch of the design that captures the line quality I wanted a little better.
Side Note- I also discovered my new favorite medium for removing such oily art supplies from hands: Coconut oil. According to my Pinterest feed it’s all the rage so I had some in the bathroom to try as a shaving cream alternative (which I highly recommend). It didn’t take much to rub around on my fingers and remove the pastels.
I think the inspiration for this came from two places:
The new bedspread, throw pillow, and cloth napkins (to make more throw pillows) that we just bought:
and Anna Maria Horner’s new linen collection, specifically this fabric:
(You can read more about the Field Study LInens here: http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2013/04/la-la-la-la-linen.html)