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Inspired by Fabric Design

January 29, 2009
ritual-30-smRitual 30
 Acrylic abstract painting on cradled panel
 8 x 8 x 2″

If you see bright white in the above photograph, just imagine that it is the gloss coming through. This one has more of a shiny surface than the usual ones. I can always reduce the shine later if I want by using a watered-down acrylic matte medium.

Today I’m still working on cleaning up my PC. This could go on for days. However, while I wait for scan results, etc., I am working in PhotoShop Elements on the Mac, which I need to be doing anyway. I need some new images for a client.

For this project I’m being inspired by a beautiful book Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period  by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers. I am happy to have this book in my library. If you’re at all interested in pattern and all things vintage, I highly recommend this sumptuous book, containing examples of 200 years of fabric patterns.

You can see in this painting I did in 2000 how fabric patterns have been an inspiration in the past. You may wonder how I got from this to the ones I’m doing now. It’s simple. I just zoomed in — way in. 


Recurring Dream
Abstract Painting, Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 40″ 
8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2009 1:05 pm

    Ritual 30 makes my imagination start working, even more than yesterday’s picture.

  2. January 29, 2009 1:21 pm

    Thanks for this post Martha. I found it helpful because I often use pattern in my work and your reference led me to explore other books about pattern on Amazon. I now have a wish list prepared.

    Most of my inspirations now come from scraps of fabric, giftwrap, ribbon and wallpaper samples. I also have an extensive collection of wallpaper shots from houses undergoing renovations. You can never have too many prompts for work.

    I’m enjoying seeing the work you post and I especially like the ongoing Ritual series and the idea of ritual.

  3. January 29, 2009 3:51 pm

    Eva, that makes me so happy! I’ll keep trying to inspire.

  4. January 29, 2009 3:53 pm

    Margaret, so glad to see you here, and to know that you’re getting something of value from my blog. I so agree that you can never have too much inspiration! We never know when one little thing helps us to resolve a particular design or composition issue. It all goes into a memory bank and comes out mixed with our own unique vision.

  5. January 30, 2009 12:47 pm

    I’m in love with Recurring Dream.
    I am a big fan of patterns/textiles as inspiration.

  6. January 30, 2009 12:56 pm

    Wow thanks, John! Patterns are wonderful, aren’t they?

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