I created my first photoshop/illustrator pattern today. It was a long journey that began with a single line drawing of houses and ended up with this little swatch called "autumn houses." It is going to be part of a new painting, but I am also thinking it might be a cute fabric for a fall a-line skirt for Annabelle. My friend, Kate, has promised to do a little sewing for me in exchange for a painting, so I am putting my pattern creations on double duty.
The real story of this little swatch has more to do with determination than great art. In order to make it, I had to download two free trials of photoshop cs6 and illustrator cs6 even though I already own Creative Suite. This is because I first crashed Photoshop, then tried to reinstall it, then somehow turned the program irreparably against me (hmmm...reminds me of the last guy i dated). After 2 hours on the phone with a sweet girl named Shalom from Norton, I finally just went with the free trial. And damn the new software is fantastic. Sometimes determination involves letting go of what isn't working in order to make space for something new.