“A Patternmaker’s Kitchen” 16″x 20″ oil on canvas
“Pattern is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design.” Definition of pattern from Wikipedia
“Pattern is an underlying structure that organizes surfaces or structures in a consistent, regular manner.” From Art, Design and Visual Thinking
I think all paintings have pattern as part of their underlying structure. This helps shape the overall composition. If you strip down the subjects within a still life to the most basic form sometimes the pattern becomes more apparent.
Patterns exist all over – they occur in nature, in time, in the many spaces we inhabit and even in our behaviors. This painting explores pattern in a rather gregarious way. I didn’t approach the arrangement with that initial intention all I had in mind was a desire to include pattern as part of the piece.
The one item I did have a interest in working with in the painting was the vintage scale. I have a collection of old scales and quite a few like this one from the 50’s. There’s a beautiful artistry and craft to these objects which at times I find missing in the products of today. The color on this one I also liked – it’s very different from the others within my collection and a distinct reflection of the past.
In thinking about this painting and the incorporation of the scale it seems fitting in the context of the definition of pattern. As an instrument used to define weight, a scale helps facilitate organization and a structure in those terms. As for the title – “A Patternmaker’s Kitchen” it just seems relevant to creating.