For spring/summer 2021 I have been working on ‘Wildflower Walkies. A pattern based on the memories I have as a child – walking my dog in the Cheshire countryside.
One of my most cherished memories as a teenager was walking my Labrador amongst the fields in the Cheshire countryside. I remember the fields of wild flowers, the floral fragrances and the sounds of no cars and only the occasional bee.
Starting to paint
I always start a new pattern by painting my elements. Making sure I have a range to play with is important. I started to paint the flowers from my memories including poppies, cornflowers, daisies and long blades of grass. As they appeared on the page, I could see my vision coming to life.
Choosing and painting the dogs
Choosing the right dogs for this pattern came from picking some of Britains most love dog breeds. I chose the lovely Golden Retriever, the fast and beautifully natured Greyhound and the energetic Springer Spaniel.
Also, while visiting my local park this year, I noticed that Cockapoos are really popular! Every few minutes, one would walk past so I knew that this much loved small dog had to be in the design.
Starting to put the pattern together
Once I have painted all the elements for a design I then scan in my drawings into Adobe Photoshop. From there, I then start to place the elements in my style considering balance, compostition and colour. This process takes as long as it takes depending on how the design is working for me.
The finishing touches
Finishing off the design, I filled in the gaps with long blades of grass to create the image of wildflower fields. I absolutely love how this design has turned out. For me, it is a great achievement in design as I love the depth of colour and the painted dogs. Painting for me is not my strongest area but I feel like in this design the painted elements really work well together and ‘pop’!
When is this design available on products?
I have been working on a very special new product for this design! I really wanted to push my gift sets and stationery range this year which is where the idea came for this new product. It is a bit of a secret at the moment BUT I can tell you it will be available mid may.