For this new painting I’ve combined several thoughts together: rainy day activities, the contrast between rainy Pacific Northwest and the Southwestern (USA) desert region (Arizona), and the Bonneville Dam’s fish ladder. I’ve found the fish ladder fascinating – here’s a video of it – and have done some fun sketching at the Bonneville Dam trying to capture the patterns I see.
I enjoy the patterns the fish form as they flow by. I also enjoy the patterns of the needles/leaves on cactus and succulents which seem visually similar, in my eyes, to the “flow” of the fish as seen from various angles.
Yes, I spend a lot of time thinking about visual fractals in general and specifically fractals in nature
Plus the absurdity of comparing fish with cactus tickled my funny bone. At any rate those were some of my thoughts as I created this gouache painting I’ve titled “100 Things To Do On A Rainy Day”.
“100 Things To Do On A Rainy Day” by Clancy – 11 x 14 inches – ink and gouache on board
Today I practiced some very basic mint math. You know, if you have four mints and you eat one…
Mint Math by Clancy – 5 x 7 inches – acrylic and gouache on board
Here are images of my newly finished scarf and bag designs intended for the amusement of teachers (and students and people who enjoy language and numbers) – and both designs were inspired by teachers. My most recent blog post on my website tells “how and why I made this” details. https://sueclancy.com/2017/02/06/art-messes-math-mistakes-and-teachers/
You can see my full pattern design collection here: https://www.shopvida.com/collections/sue-clancy
I’ve had the cold/flu/crud for the last week. I’m feeling better now and wanted to “do something creative”. Trouble is I still suddenly sneeze and cough so using sharp xacto knives, loaded ink brushes and glue laden papers is more hazardous and messy than usual. What to do?
Then I thought – I know several teachers who have this cold/flu/crud too. What could I make that might amuse teachers? Perhaps make them feel a wee bit better? After some further thought I grabbed my felt-tip pens and have been creating pattern designs that will end up on a scarf and or a tote bag.
Here’s a photo of my pattern design work in progress.
After I snapped the above photo I saw my math mistake. Do you see it?
I did! And fixed it. Hugs and thanks to math teachers everywhere!
Now I’ll do need to do the digital hocus pocus needed to submit my designs to the apparel company I work with in San Francisco California.
But I’ll try to get some rest first.
You can see my full studio pattern design collection via this link: http://www.shopvida.com/collections/sue-clancy
Practicing “narrative” additions to my “visual story” thing – and this time I illustrated a short short-poem-story-like-substance. Please wash your hands after handling (ahem, wink) this one titled:
Haste Accounting by Sue Clancy
An accountant was working in Haste
who added his numbers with paste
saying “If these sums are wrong
then I’ll sing you a song
but there’s simply no accounting for taste.”
illustration for “Haste Accounting” a poem written and illustrated by Sue Clancy