From My Sketchbook

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.

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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.

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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:

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and Anna Maria Horner’s new linen collection, specifically this fabric:

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(You can read more about the Field Study LInens here: http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2013/04/la-la-la-la-linen.html)

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