Sunday, September 27, 2009

Pattern


I just discovered a really cool website that posts an illustration challenge every Friday and is applicably called Illustration Friday. This week's topic was PATTERN and this is my first submission. The night before I had just started working on this piece - the Seven Species Hamsa - highlighting the seven species of the bible and native to Israel: wheat, barley, olives, grapes, dates, pomegranates and figs. And though the tiling/mosaic areas don't follow a specific pattern in that neither the colors nor the shapes repeat in a predicatble manner (though wouldn't it be cool if I told you that the design did follow some crazy mathematical algorithm that I made up?), for me the piece as a whole brings into focus the harvest cycle that is repeated every year. And it's during this time of year, the fall harvest, that we eat these amazing fruits and reflect on the past year and put out to the universe our hopes for the year to come. I'm still formulating those. But that's part of my own pattern - procrastination...

16 comments:

adrienne trafford said...

this is just lovely!

johanna said...

a great first post to Illustration Friday!

aimee said...

oh what a great first submission to IF! i haven't participated for months and this word has me thinking about jumping back into it. that is the grooviest hamsa i've ever seen and i'm so glad to know that you like them, because one is coming your way in a few days!

roberta baird said...

This is lovely!

DEB said...

It's very pretty, and I never would have guessed at all the symbolism it contains.

Glaucia de Barros said...

Really beautiful!

Kacey said...

Great job! I hope you continue participating and would love to see more:)

Ida said...

Hi Susie! I'm a fellow Fishie from the Fishbowl and I just fell head over heals in LOVE with your illustrations! Wow, wow, wow! You are so talented!

And it gives me a lot of hope reading that you manage to combine mommyhood with creativity. I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old and I can't wait for them to become preschooler/toddler... (even though I love them to bits the way they are right now too!) just so that I can have a bit more time for me and my work.

I'm hearting you on Etsy and I'm definitely bookmarking your blog!

cat said...

i really like this. the colours are rich, and there's life in the movement.

Inner Toddler said...

wow. I'm overwhelmed by these comments from so many talented artists. very encouraging!

Renee said...

I love the painting and your blog is just wonderful.

Renee xoxo

ValGalArt said...

beautiful!

Mamzelle Rouge said...

Beautiful design !

lisa mertins said...

wonderful piece! i post on ifriday but not this week and now hoping i'll get a chance to thanks to your inspiration. visiting from the fishbowl to say hi :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Gorgeous! The meaning behind this is absolutely rich and beautiful, and the colors are divine. I especially love the eye on the birdy.

So glad you jumped into Illustration Friday! Welcome!

Lori said...

I love it! I think a while back I heard of Illustration Friday. I am going to check it out again. I love the symbolism.