Making a Wallpaper Pattern

These pecans were painted from observation using Bombay Ink on a Japanese rice paper.

In preparation for the NMSU faculty show opening up on January 20th, I am creating a small scale installation that will include a wallpaper pattern based on this motif. I like patterns a lot and have used them in my paintings on and off for the last 20 years. The idea of creating a wallpaper was recently inspired by photographs of wallpaper patterns designed by the Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei for his recent exhibitions in New York City. His patterns are much more sophisticated, but for me, it’s fulfilling an idea that has been on the back burner for a long time. It’s a way for me to bring in an element of nature through a different medium that has references to the decorative arts as well as the home.

I have to thank Dana Kroos for giving me a tutorial over the phone from her Houston home on how to do this. I have a lot to learn about designing in Photoshop and am looking forward to the challenge of creating different patterns that can tie in with water imagery in my paintings.

Another post coming soon once the installation is up.



Pecan Motif, Bombay Ink on Japanese Rice Paper












Pecan motif cleaned up in Photoshop in preparation for the wallpaper design.


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