Perfecting simplicity


Prosecco. Is there anything better? Sharing Prosecco with a friend of equally fabulous character. That is definitely better. You know … the kind of friend who knows exactly when you’re about to hit melting point (after 24 hours of exceptionally putrid sproglet behaviour) … who senses that you need sugar (because it’s too early for Prosecco) … who takes you out, buys six different varieties of cake, and then makes the noxious brood wait for theirs while you choose first. That friend.

I have one just like her. And we spent the weekend doing just that.

What better way to salute two days of splendidness, than by drawing a simple Prosecco-ish shaped bottle, and immortalising our weekend of merriment with a simple pattern design. Simple.

Or so I thought.

Turns out, keeping it simple is …. well ……. not.  It’s complicated. Granted, it doesn’t need to be complicated, and I rather hope that in a year or two I’ll be able to ‘do’ simple with a little more ease and confidence. But as it stands, I suck at it. This is somewhat bothersome as it’s exactly the kind of design I’m aspiring to achieve: simple and beautiful.

The problem, I think, lies in the sheer possibility of one single drawing. You can alter the shape, the size, the position, the colour, the opacity … all before you even think about repeating that one drawing, with one click of the mouse. You can repeat it once, twice, 10 fold, 30 fold … you catch my drift. And then? Then the same number of editing possibilities apply to all those copies of that one drawing. And that’s before even considering adding some background texture, or – dare we venture – another ‘simple’ drawing to the mix. So long did I take experimenting with my one drawing, that yesterday’s ‘quick’ blog post was rather less speedy than intended; 24 hours later, it’s nearly at the finish line.

Am I happy with any of the below-listed? Some possibly, some not really. The problem is, I don’t really know; I’ve been staring at them for too long. But here they are, nonetheless,  in all their (not so) simple glory. Perhaps in a few weeks I shall view them differently.



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