While I was at UVA scoping out colleges with our daughter, Zoë, a few years ago, I looked up and loved the pattern formed by the tree branches. This reminds us of some Chippendale Chinoiserie patterns and will make a fabulous ceiling paper or trellis.
I see opportunities in everyday things and the recent storm in New England is no different. When I have time to process the images I will share something else very cool. But for today, I have snow. We had so much light fluffy snow, I had to do something with it.
I'll start with what I call "Folded Snow" (NA2437)
And from a different image with a natural tint, "Aqua Snow" (NA2442)
Last week I rode my mountain bike across 5 frozen lakes and it reminded me of some beautiful images I have of ice. Today I am posting 3 patterns created from Ice. I might just skip tomorrow because we are expecting a big snow storm.
First on the list is "Ice Bubbles" (NA3272) Detail
"Ice Flowers" (NA3276-Oct) Created from an octagon of ice
Ice Flowers detail
Ice Princess (NA3276-Poly) - Created from a polygon of ice.
For those of you who don't live in New England, forsythia is a deciduous shrub that is covered with yellow flowers before the leaves arrive in the early spring. I photographed these flowers in the wind, capturing the flowers and the movement as one.
Lena liked the version above because it already looked like a painting but I felt it lacked the painterly feel I was looking for. I painted on top of the photograph and came up with the version below. NA4073-7D
A little computer manipulation and I have other color ways, styles and intensities. Monochrome-NA4073-7
I have been fascinated with dragonflies since I was a kid and their wings are amazing. Did you know that a dragonfly can fly backwards, up, down, forward and even upside down?
This is my favorite version of our Dragonfly Wing series. (NA2703)
Up close it has an etherial look and you really get the details in the wing.
This pattern can be produced in virtually any color way (NA2703-B)
Here is how I did it, starting with a pattern made from a single wing.
I felt it was too geometric and didn't have the organic feel that I got from the insect, so I cut in a detail to fatten the "wing"
Once I was satisfied with the shape and design, I added the splatter paint background and tweaked the colors, hue and levels to reach the final picks.
Let me flash back to the origin of this pattern. Several years ago I started playing with a macro photograph of a dragonflies wing, creating a pattern and placed it over a green glaze finish. This version has a fairly small 17" x 10" repeat.
Then I enlarged the pattern to 37" x 16" and tried it in front of a pink Marmorino plaster finish.
You can have any of the wing designs above or a new pattern from the wing over virtually any base color of texture.
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