Vaguely Floral

How do you know when you’re done? I started out with this abstract pattern, and I really like it. From a distance especially, I love how you can see either overlapping circles, or star shapes, or maybe diagonal crossing lines. The ambiguity is pleasing to me. But I was also curious to know what would happen if I kept going? Who’s to say when a piece is ever finished?

Abstract pattern to start

So I had to scan the “in progress” version, knowing that I would never know until I’d ruined it, whether it was truly done. Here’s the final version:

The final version, vaguely floral.

What do you think? It’s now more difficult to see those neat overlapping circles. I can’t complain about a bit of color either. I’m seeing flames, flowers, some other things. I am satisfied enough.

Sea Life

Here’s an oddity. I started drawing this one over a year ago, and abandoned it. I picked it up again some time last week. It’s taken me days and days to finish everything. I’m pleased with some elements, but there are also mistakes that I wasn’t able to integrate.

Micron ink on Rhodia paper. 2016 – 2017. Margaret Trias.

Adventures two dimensions

This unfinished epic drawing still sort of blows my mind (another late 2016). I undertook a very daunting 9 x 12 inch blank page and somehow just kept going with it for hours, and maybe days? I don’t quite remember. It was incredibly satisfying, but the more I added, the more scared I got that my next idea would suck, so eventually I had to quit while I was ahead. Still, I love this piece because in it I can see a lot of potential, the fact that my brain is indeed filled with ideas without end. And yes, some of them will suck.

Micron pen and marker on Bristol white paper. 2016. Margaret Trias

While I do love this sprawling style, I’m going to focus on smaller pieces with a more coherent pattern for now, just for the sake of getting into a sustainable and productive rhythm and not burn myself out.