SANTA FE - ADOBE MUD, BEAN TREES, ABIQUIU, HOLY DIRT, & COTTONWOOD BARK

Colors, textures, & patterns are the stuff that makes me pay attention to and relate to my environment--especially when I am in new surroundings. These elements are my built-in filters and it’s kind of how I ‘find my way’.

A recent trip to Santa Fe, NM made me sit up and take notice (travel will do that). My guides were flawless at placing me in the spirit of the place. Holy dirt was included.

Here are a few pictures from the trip that will no doubt spark new pattern designs, but of course!

FOUND-COLOR & TEXTURE IN PORTLAND OREGON

Wherever I go, I shoot photos of colors, textures, and patterns made by nature and by man. I have a constantly expanding photo catalog, which I admit is loosely organized, that I refer to for design inspiration, color palettes, and sometimes just to make my brain feel good :)

This is a sample of found colors/textures/patterns that I came across in Portland, Oregon this spring. I might use this as a springboard for a surface pattern design using these earthy warm/cool colors and textural feel.

Lichens on wood & metal patio table with past colors and rust exposed by age.

Lichens on wood & metal patio table with past colors and rust exposed by age.