|Citrus Stars © Karen Thiessen, 2012|
While in Arizona, I was hyper-aware of pattern and texture and saw it everywhere. My sketchbook was well nourished with sketches and images clipped from free magazines gathered here and there. Patterns adorning the hotel shower curtain, hall carpet, and lounge sofa caught my eye. Shadows, sidewalk drains, even a parking sign filled my inspiration well. Somehow the harsh environment pushed beauty forward. So, even though I did no hands-on-a-keyboard Adobe Illustrator practice while I was away, I was constantly thinking of pattern. Yesterday I realized that my patterns need to evolve and include more than one element, so here is my first attempt using the skills that I have learned thus far.