Texture and Pattern 2


I’ve gone looking through my photos to see if I couldn’t illustrate the beauty of texture or of pattern. Here are a few:

Referring to the drawing, above, the grasses need a build-up long mildly-crossing strokes. The flowers heads in the foreground need dot like marks,. The pattern of the central shrub is radiating from the central trunk. The various trees all have their own shapes as well as different textural qualities. The sky and the mountain in the background need smooth, solid marks and because they are calm and solid in aspect, they provide a perfect foil for all the non-smooth textural areas.


This close up of a sheer, patterned curtain fabric with light coming through has many opportunities to explore both pattern and texture.


These are blueberry bushes, red with new sap, just waiting to green up for spring. The tangle of red branches could either be represented as an overall shape with a smooth texture, or they could be represented with layer after layer of small red twisted marks that would build up a richness in the textural qualities of a drawing. The trees above have an altogether different texture which also contains the tree skeleton’s pattern. Closely looking and understanding the organization of branches along the trees will help in representing one species  of tree in differentiation from another through a textural pattern that imitates it.


There is a good contrast between the round, smoother big branches in relation to the small dot like blossoms and the criss-crossing smaller branches. There is a busy-ness about the blossoms and a quiet strength in the more massive branch structures.


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One Response to “Texture and Pattern 2”

  1. fencer Says:

    Thanks for these posts… they’re quite instructive.

    I like these masses of texture a lot in the photographs, especially the top one, but I find them very difficult to paint in an interesting or attractive way… I either get too fussy, and then bored, or too slap dash… (in watercolor). Although there is a lot to be said for controlled slap-dashery in watercolor…


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