Welcome June!

I’m a bit behind on posting this since I’ve been so wrapped up in other projects I’ve wanted to share. Remember the idea of creating “color and pattern” inspirations? When I wrote that post I encouraged everyone to “try it” and I hope maybe you did.

So, in case you missed that post, you’re probably wondering what I’m talking about and exactly what “it” is. Well, it’s simple. It’s looking at a scene — in plein air, in a photograph, in a magazine or newspaper illustration — and quickly “gathering up” the colors and patterns you see represented. With a mixed media sketchbook and a small set of watercolors, it’s easy to create a “collection” of all those colors and patterns.

I created the first one in April as part of a Sketchbook Revival demonstration by Faith Evans-Sills. It was “collected” from the April page of a calendar. I had so much fun doing it, I repeated the process in May, once again using a page from the same calendar. I decided to do this every month. Here are April and May:


And, yes, I did June.

June Color and Pattern Inspirations

I did this page of inspirations after playing with a few “color mixing” exercises. As you can tell, I was feeling very loose and free as I splashed and splattered my watercolors. As before, it’s nice to have this “collection” in my sketchbook where I can look at it and be inspired when I prepare to do other paintings. I like these colors and the “pattern” of the green — that was a grassy area in the picture. I also like the “pattern” of blue flowers in a garden of pink. It’s nice to have these ideas “on file” where I can see them and maybe use them in the future.

Now, once again, I’ll urge you to “try it” — you might like this simple painting exercise. I am already looking forward to July and to the opportunity to gather up more beautiful colors and patterns to add to my collection.


  1. I also loved this class. I’ve done two so far. One was a photo of my hometown main intersection at Christmas time covered in snow. The other was a very architectural home in San Francisco. I find the process to be glorious. I combined the second one with the practice of slow drawing because the house had so many details I could repeat in a row. I love your practice of being loose, and focusing on your response rather than the details. I’m going to try that!

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    1. It was so surprising, really. I didn’t think I would enjoy the class, so I almost skipped it. It turned out to be one of my favorites from the entire program.


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