I am a fan of the hand-drawn pattern. There is no desire for perfect repeats or shapes. I usually start with a motif and just explore it on the page. To me, it is like a walking meditation. There is enough activity to keep me focused as various thoughts present themselves and I let them go. Much of my time is spent with my niece and nephew. I am know for always carrying a notebook/sketchbook of some sort with markers. These are pulled out to occupy all of us when there are the moments of waiting. Sometimes we collaborate on one sketch, passing the book around after each has made a few marks. These are my favorite as I there is always a bit of surprise to see what we end up. Recently I have been trying to reduce the amount of stuff I have. I have several sketchbooks filled with randomness and filled in no particular order. Some of it is interesting, much of it is not. I hold on to them all because I do enjoy looking back at them to inspire me when I reach a lull. I decided to go through a few of these books and pull the highlights from them. I then cut them up and added them to this sketchbook. Nothing fancy or elaborate. I just did it with going with the first instinct and not overthinking it. I wanted it to be playful and see what happens when I put these drawings together. At first, it was hard to cut into my drawings that I had learned to love in the whole, but then I realized that they became more interesting when cut-up and put in new context. I look forward to exploring this process more with more care and thought to see what can come of it.
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