Thursday, 8 September 2011

Patterns found in the art we create & the life choices we make...



Maggie and I must have shared a psychic connection when she set this week's Inspiration Avenue challenge as 'patterns' because over a few days I'd been trying out new patterns through creating this doodle. I finished it late Sunday/early Monday and then on Tuesday when I checked to see this week's challenge I decided it was meant to be my entry:-)

It struck me that this week's theme of patterns could also be linked to the patterns we form through our everyday choices, approaches and routines. Apologies for being AWOL from blogland & the internet of late; a mixture of things have kept me away but uncharacteristically I decided not to worry about it and instead return in good spirits. With my children starting a new school term yesterday I've had the opportunity to think about the pattern of my days and how I may like to approach the autumn. I've been looking at health, relationships, being a mum, my art, my writing, working with other people and lots more. I'd like to aim to create patterns that are kind and nurturing to me and those around me. It would be nice to weave patterns that can bring good and help further growth.  What's also interesting is that some of these thoughts have been internally debated whilst doodling patterns. The links between different sorts of patterns has amused and interested me these past couple of days.

  • What kind of patterns would you like to create this Autumn/Fall in your creative and personal life?    

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29 comments:

  1. Kat, this is amazing! Rather like serendipity that the challenge is patterns :) I love the way the patterns just flow throughout the shapes. The shape is very organic, and just feels soothing. It's beautiful!

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  2. love your doodle. it is almost like meditating to doodle. you get so into all the detail. i do it to have something creative to do when i can't be in my studio.

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  3. wonderful post. not only does our life become the synergy of our patterns, but so do we. In fact, when we repeat a pattern often enough it creates a new neural pathway in the brain! a bit like a groove in a record. So when we create beauty and kindness, that is indeed whom we and our lives become! I love this mehndi type pattern that you created!

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  4. Nicely done. I hope do develop a pattern of weekly meeting the challenge offered. We'll see.

    Darla

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  5. I loved this take on pattern. I have a sketchbook that I keep just for doodling patterns and this would fit right in. I find it very calming to sit and let them grow across the page and yours is beautiful. I really enjoyed reading your blog and will be back to visit again. You write really beautifully.
    http://traceyfletcherking.blogspot.com/

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  6. I can see a lot of work went into creating this intricate doodle! So nice that you had the inspiration to create before the challenge was actually announced!

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  7. Very cool! My day has certainly started a new pattern now that I have one in school!

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  8. When I first saw the theme this week, I immediately thought of you and your zentangle patterns and mandalas. I am also impressed with the way you have linked these patterns to the patterns in your life and day to day routine. Very thoughtful entry.

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  9. Maggie - thank you for your super kind comment :-) I just love the word 'serendipity' it tastes sweet & magical:-)

    Cynthia - thank you :-) Yes, like you I find this sort of doodling meditative and a good way of coming up with new ideas for painted pieces. Thanks for visiting.

    Hettienne - thank you :-) What a wonderful interesting comment you've left me & it fits in with the way I've used creativity in my rehabilitation from MS relapses (essentially forming/repairing new pathways). Fab - love this comment, thank you for expanding my perspective on the matter. Xx

    Darla - thank you :-) It will be great for you to join in with us as often as possible X.

    Tracey - thank you for visiting and leaving such a lovely comment :-) Like you I have a sketchbook for doodling which is where this was created. I shall look forward to checking out your blog :-)

    Craftymoose - thank you :-) Yes, I loved the way it fitted with the challenge just at the right time.

    Missy - thanks :-) Oh yes, definitely a new pattern for you now you have a babe in school. An emotional time & a time of change for all. Xx

    Elizabeth - thank you for your thoughtful kind comment :-) Xx

    Kat Xx

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  10. Your doodling, tangling, whatever, is lovely and organic and intriguing. I also love your thoughtful connection to how patterns also apply to the way we live.

    I opted for a Zentangle approach too - it was my first thought and I had fun creating something a little bigger.

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  11. I am astounded by you doodle, Kat, and even more so by your thoughts. The act of doodling and coloring really opens the door to the soul of you without even thinking about it (if that makes any sense)
    I always feel as if Fall is the beginning of a new year for me...
    and I feel this year may be a huge learning year. For all of us.
    It's great to *see* you Kat!
    ♥♥♥

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  12. Terrie - thank you :-) I look forward to seeing your zentangle type entry :-)

    Lisa - thank you, your comment is so kind & lovely. Coincidentally someone else mentioned to me recently that the Autumn was a positive time for beginning the year in a 'new-years-resolution' type way. Xx

    Kat Xx

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  13. Good luck with all your patterns Kat (mine are a bit wonky :))

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  14. Not only is your artwork suitable for framing (gorgeous!!!) but so are the sentiments you wrote. Gives me something to think about...

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  15. WOW Kat this is awesome I saw it and knew it was yours before I even looked at the name. so neat and personal with lots of TLC!!

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  16. Your doodle pattern is fabulous Kat!

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  17. This is a very lovely and intruiging drawing, full of interest and rich pattern :)

    I share your tendency to mull things over whilst lost in drawing or painting - it's quite meditative I find!

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  18. This reminds me of cozy and well loved homes with items such as embroidered tablecloths and doilies, or a fun pinwheel, flowers, and more. It's very soothing.

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  19. Awesome! Wow! ~ thanks ~ namaste, Carol visitng from CED ^_^

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  20. love your patterns! your art interwoven with life. Art and life connected always!

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  21. These are very cool and interesting patterns, Kat. I can look at your drawing for quite a while and still discover something new. It's very relaxing.

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  22. Such intricate detail. So lovely. And wow, your question makes me think I need to become more conscious or the Autumn may slip away without me taking note... or doing the soul work I am being called to do.

    Such gratitude to you today!

    Grateful for each #CED2011 check in!

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  23. This is mesmerizing, almost like a black and white Kaleidoscope! I love black and white ink-work, so I could just stare at this for hours. Intricate, striking, and beautiful. Great submission for the Pattern theme!!

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  24. Megan - thank you :-)Wonky - lol - know that feeling ;-)

    Sherry - thank you for such a super nice comment :-)

    Shel - thank you :-) It feels nice to be recognised X

    Michelle - thank you :-)

    Gemma - thank you X

    Angie - thank you :-) I find doodling meditative too.

    New End Studio - thank you :-)

    Carol - thanks for visiting from CED & leaving a lovely comment :-)

    Kristen - thanks :-) Art & life are indeed tightly interwoven.

    Carola - thank you for your kind comment :-) X

    Julie - thank you so much :-) Yay for CED definitely!!

    craftydvl - thank you so much for that super kind comment :-)

    Kat Xx

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  25. Oh Kat, how I've missed you. Sorry I haven't been around much. I just don't seem to find time to visit blogs as much these days - especially when I'm running a class. But it was so lovely to see your newsletter in my inbox tonight as you have been on my mind. The patterns I'm working to integrate into my life this autumn are those that support SIMPLICITY. Thinking of you...

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  26. Shannon - thanks sweetpea - you're always in my thoughts & was (honestly & literally) about to visit your blog. I was feeling guilty how I'm behind in blogland & haven't visited you in a while. When I read your comment just now I felt better that you haven't taken offence.
    Hugs
    Kat Xx

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  27. Hi Kat, I miss reading your blogs since I was so busy with my job. And this entry of yours hit home. I figured I really need to create a pattern on balancing my work, art, rest and other creative activities. No I haven't but I am just figuring it out. Really great piece of doodle. I hope to be able to have time to do the tictocc.. but I might be late..:|

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  28. Elisa - great to hear from you & thank you for your sweet comment :-) Hope you manage to create calming new patterns. And don't worry about being late with TIC TOCC - anytime is good :-) Take care. Kat xx

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