Patterns (Unfinished Project #2 )


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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.

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“Patterns” combines three inspirations:  Jean-Michel Basquiat, for the idea of using sheet music in a collage

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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” (

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and Paul Jenkins, for the beautiful layered colors of his paintings and prints.  I had been wanting to stitch those layers of colors.

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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.

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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.

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For more about Jean-Michel Basquiat:

For more about Paul Jenkins:

To see the rest of my Sketchbook Projects:

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7 responses to “Patterns (Unfinished Project #2 )”

  1. createarteveryday says :

    Wow! You do an excellent job of making artwork that is a beautiful accompaniment to your inspirational instruments. It’s like everything is part of an orchestra. Very cool. And I like it that you’re going your own way, too. 💛

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  2. inari says :

    Lovely sketchbook, and you are stitching those colours… so creative. Thanks for visiting my corner of the world. Looking forward to follow your creative journey 🙂


  3. Art and Soul Space says :

    love your playful combination of stitching and music

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Irati Mtz says :

    Your patterns sound relaxing to my eyes! Great work.


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