We are having a beautiful November here in Ontario. Many of the autumn leaves are still on the trees. The birds are busy at the feeders. The days are getting a bit cooler and we have had some frosty mornings. In my studio, I am busy from morning to night. Catching up on so many painted pen orders to be able to ship them out in time for Christmas and working hard on my last two teaching workshops of the season. I will be in Birmingham, Alabama next weeked giving a crash course in Italian Hand and The Festive Flourish.
As I sat down to flourish this little snowflake this afternoon, I started to analyze the structure of flourishes. Everything within me wants visual balance over symmentrical balance. Symmetry looks unnatural to my eye and seems foreign to the concepts of offhand flourishing. So my little snowflake relies on techniques other than symmentry as I progress through it. In the end, flourishing is play. Start with whatever concept you would like, but always approach your work with a sense of play as your flourish. It is a joyful process. No need to be overly analytical. It will be what it will be. A flourishing artist puts ink on paper rather quickly. Hope your days leading up to the busy holiday season allow you time to play!