Patterns (Unfinished Project #2 )
Up a narrow flight of stairs
In a narrow little room
Perhaps you remember “Unfinished Project #2”? Let me recap: another Sketchbook Project, first due in January, but with deadline extended to March. Yes it’s almost July.
“Patterns” combines three inspirations: Jean-Michel Basquiat, for the idea of using sheet music in a collage
There are patterns I must follow
Just as I must breathe each breath
Paul Simon, for the sheet music and lyrics of his song “Patterns” (http://lyrics.wikia.com/Simon_And_Garfunkel:Patterns)
and Paul Jenkins, for the beautiful layered colors of his paintings and prints. I had been wanting to stitch those layers of colors.
So it took me a year to complete, although there were large gaps in my devotion to it as a project. And I actually intended to finish it by the deadline and send it in, but I became disenchanted with the Sketchbook Project for a number of the usual reasons: too big now, too expensive and inflexible, too focused on self-promotion and profit. I understand: you have some success and publicity, you want to cash in. But it’s grown beyond my resources and desires. So I’m opting out, and this sketchbook will remain with me.
Like the color of my skin
Or the day that I grow old
My life is made of patterns
That can scarcely be controlled
The idea behind The Sketchbook Project remains valid. I had fun with this, and I like the results. It gives me lots of ideas to investigate further. And I hope to continue doing sketchbook explorations , but in my own time, and in my own way.
For more about Jean-Michel Basquiat: http://basquiat.com/
For more about Paul Jenkins: http://www.pauljenkins.net/
To see the rest of my Sketchbook Projects: https://www.sketchbookproject.com/library/4615