031 - Revelation

12 + 8 Pt pattern on a painted cedar door panel in the Riad Idrissy, Fes Medina.
Original watercolour on 300 g/m². 48 x 36 cm

Process portfolio

This 12 + 8 Pt star pattern can be found on a Zouak door panel in the Riad Idrissy and on the floor of the Bou Inania Medersa in Fes. It was one of the patterns taught by Richard Henry on my first study trip to Fes in April 2015. Back home, I reconstructed the geometry, created bands using a drop compass, then tessellated and interlaced the pattern. I then applied masking fluid to the weave and some of the polygons, and painted the piece using an experimental ‘splash’ technique. After peeling off the masking fluid I painted the remaining parts in softly harmonious tints inspired by the glowing pastel tones of the Bou Inania at sundown.

Thursday, 30 March 2017