Monday, May 6, 2013

Street Signs

My artist's eyes stay ready for action most of the time. Over the years, it has become second nature to scan my surroundings, wherever I am, noticing colors, shapes, etc. that speak to me, and can inspire new ideas and work. I don't just do it for work, though. It's also nice to max out my senses on the world around me for pure enjoyment (that's what they're there for, right?).
Out for my morning workout over the last week, around my neighborhood, I began noticing funny patterns of patched road. Tar swirled in designs I had to wonder about. Did someone show up to patch a crack or two and get inspired to make a statement, or were these lines really how the road cracked (making the pavement a silent artist?).
I snapped pics for my own reference later, but felt I had to share them. They were taken on my phone, as I was paused and panting, so cut me some slack on the quality and see the designs for what they are/have the potential to be (on canvas, or on a handmade object?)! The series, continued from my brand-spanking-new Instagram account:

There were more. I plan to capture more! I thought these were beautiful abstracts, but then I also started looking at them like they do Rorschach tests, and saw things like hearts, blossoms, and cityscapes. What do you see?