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That Moment When…

…you’ve put in the work and realize the “magic” is finally happening. 🙂

This week I hit on something really special: a combination of charcoal drawing, color and pattern. Prior to this I had never considered using charcoal in pattern form. Yet once I designed the first one and added color, I knew that it was “me” more than anything else I’ve created to date.

The fall theme probably adds to this feeling. It almost makes me want to cry (happy tears, of course).

Charcoal Pumpkins on Green

I sat on this breakthrough for a day, with another charcoal pattern following quickly, and still didn’t know what I was going to do with this artwork. I’ve only considered charcoal for fine art…the kind you frame and hang on the wall.

And then it dawned on me how beautiful charcoal grays are in home decor. I even have gray walls inside my own home. So, I tried a pattern on a mock throw pillow and LOVE it.

Charcoal Floral Pumpkin Pillow

When I look at these patterns I see the practice that has gone into them, from the early years of charcoal drawing to the past 5 months of learning pattern design and how to work with digital tools. I’ve heard it said over and over again that as an artist, if you just put in the time and work, your personal style will start to emerge. Now I finally believe that’s true, as I haven’t really been able to see my own style…until now.

I’ve already started dreaming of how this might go further…of at least one (big!) retailer that I’d love to work with, that might be interested in putting this type of artwork on their home decor products. It’s exciting and scary at the same time.

Charcoal pattern #3 is already in the works. Check out my Instagram or Facebook feed on Monday to see it. 🙂


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