Friday, July 09, 2010


Seven Nights To Forever, by Evangeline Collins, Berkley Books. I created this cover fairly recently, but wanted to wait for the book to be published before it was posted. I have always enjoyed using pattern in my work, both for galleries and for illustrations. I don't always get the chance, so whenever possible I go for it. My interest in working with pattern goes way back my early days as an artist, experimenting with ways of reconciling realism and abstraction. I wanted them to coexist.  Often pattern gets incorporated into my work as an intentionally flat passage, that forces the eye to look at the whole composition in a different way than if it were a simple rendering of the "real" scene.  My use of pattern has been evolving though, and often finds itself worked into the real space of the image as if it were something actually in the picture, like in this case.  Here, the pattern looks as if it is some kind of fabric on the bed, as opposed to floating above the picture, as in many of my pictures. In another post, I'll show an example of that kind of image.
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M.E. Bellamy said...

I love how using the pattern mixes up the style of the whole painting and brings focus to the couple. It's beautiful! Your work is so gorgeous!

James Griffin said...

Thanks so much for you lovely comment, M.E.Bellamy! You are the first one to comment on an image that I like as one of my best. I do a lot of mixing of realism & pattern in my gallery work. There's a lot of cross-pollination between my illustration and gallery work. What kind of museum work are you involved with?