This weekend I’ve been developing a template for round patterns. Overall they are 16 sided, with three eight-sided designs along each “spoke”. For variety, alternate spokes have variations on the eight-sided designs. For the first time I explicitly set out to design a template that would be easy to trim around the edges, so the outline could follow some natural feature of the subject. If left untrimmed, the edge has a broad ripple.
“Galaxy in the Weeds” comes from this picture of a pile of stems with weeds growing up through them. Layered stems in sunlight provide strong geometric possibilities. This pattern makes good use of the bits of green to provide relief from gray. The first two closeups show the different figures, and the way the edge is trimmed. The rest zoom in to show detailed textures.
“Stone Stars” comes from a photograph of rock cliffs at the shore in Maine. The stone color variations are beautiful but subtle. Stronger geometric form comes from deeply shadowed fissures in the rock.