"It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory." -Edgar Degas
Drawing from memory is a catalyst for my next painting. This unforced and open process stimulates my imagination. It is a moment to alter, exaggerate, glamorize and transform my perceptions.
I enjoy recalling the past - the distinct occasions of my life, the faraway and nearby adventures, the various relationships formed and dispersed. I have always been especially intrigued by the details of a memory - the pieces of information that stand out. I am a collector of my own reminiscences and thoughts.
I love how memory forms a new life on paper. My stored imagery translates into a new expression in painting. Working from memory evokes fresh ideas, spontaneity and a different perspective. There is immeasurable freedom for my imagination to run wild. What can you create from memory?
"All around us are facts that are related to one another. Of course, they can be regarded as separate entities and learned that way. But what a difference it makes when we see them as a pattern! … They begin to make sense. The world becomes a more comprehensible place." -Murray Gell-Man
One of my interests in art is patterns. What is a pattern?
A pattern is a mix of elements repeated in a recurring and regular arrangement. We see patterns in architecture, art, design, fashion, nature and textiles. The variety of patterns are extensive. Here are a few patterns I like the most -
all-over patterns, geometric and hand-drawn patterns, mosaic and nature patterns, plaid and stripe patterns.
I love the way patterns look - the repeated design over and over. I enjoy seeing the different patterns artists create through the use of colors, lines and shapes. From these elements, patterns form an organized space to blend in chaos or symmetry.
Patterns also carry various rhythms. The flow of a recurring design shapes a drawing or painting composition. They fill the background and foreground with color and texture. Patterns and their subtle rhythms become the center of interest in the composition. Where do you see your favorite patterns?
Red: |red| noun. the pure color of blood, fire, or ruby; the primary color next to orange and opposite violet at one extreme end of the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 610 and 780 nm.
We are surrounded by color. Colors affect us in subtle ways. They can enhance our passions, lift our mood, spark our creativity and stimulate our senses. Color livens up our life.
The color red captures my attention instantly. I love this bold and daring color. When I think of the color red, I imagine a few things - apples, a cardinal, cherries, tomatoes, a ladybug, a stop sign, strawberries.
When I see red I feel energized and excited. This eye-catching color can be striking and soft - from scarlet and crimson to a subtle shade of coral. I love the earth tones of red too. The red-brown and indian-red shades remind me of the Grand Canyon and the Red Sand Beach in Hana, Hawaii. This rusty red color of the earth compels me to feel grounded and relaxed. What does the color red bring up for you?
“I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson
I love looking up, way past the trees into the expansive, vast sky. I enjoy watching the clouds roll by in this boundless, open space. The sky catches my eye and fills me with curiosity. I am amazed at this natural beauty.
The elements of the sky surprise me. I love how the sun and the clouds stir up a beautiful sunrise. I enjoy watching airplanes soar across the sky and I wonder - where are they going? I like the time between sunset and dusk - the half-lit sky illuminates the horizon before it fades into darkness. In a few hours, this vast open space will transform into a melting pot of celestial bodies.
When I look up at the sky, I feel optimistic. My imagination deepens and I feel free to dream. When I stare at the immense space above me, my senses are heightened and uplifted. I am filled with a limitless supply of creativity, love and openness. How do you feel when you look up at the sky?
Hi there! I'm Jessica, painter, creator and avid list maker. I love yoga, reading, journaling and sharing my inspirations with you. I'm so glad you're here!