It starts with a pattern. After using some preprinted patterns, I made my own in drypoint & printed a few sheets to have more to experiment with. Then an image or three bubble up, one takes root, and it begins.
A few spots of color here and there to get the process going, working all over the page.
The most important parts assert themselves first.
The pattern’s structure builds and simultaneously breaks spatial planes.
The parts I resisted the most–blank walls, various piles of chaos–end up being the most interesting to work on.
More interested in exploring how pattern would affect an image than which image to use, I grabbed a recent study of my studio as inspiration.