Pen drawing of Max - he knows how to relax

We caught up with artist Rachel Bone the other day and here is what she had to say.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes mostly from everyday life and it’s patterns and whimsy. Though I do check out Instagram and old books and visit exhibitions and old Historic Houses, Museums and gardens. It’s thrilling to see what other people are doing and have done.
Which famous artist do you admire the most and why?
There are so many Artists, illustrators makers and creators that I love, I can’t choose just one. Though I will mention a few. William Morris, for his beautiful and elegant wallpaper designs, Klimt, for his celebration of beauty and mastery of pattern, the Japanese Artist’s Shunga work, created for entertainment and instruction, stunning illustrations of such detail and observation that it takes your breath away and David Hockney because he is always evolving and saying new things with his work.
What person – living or dead – would you like to spend a day with and why?
I would spend the day, with my daughter. She is fun, silly and artistic and she is starting University in september, so I am going to miss her.
Tell us a typical artistic day for you in 5 words
‘Cup of tea, work work’
What are you working on now?
I am just about to start a mural, based on a design for wallpaper I have been working on. It will be pencil and blue and white birds and gold leaf and white flowers, on an Eau de nil background. A real full colour creation.
I am also working on some small illustrative pieces with my favourite bear, Bertrand, and I am sketching him getting up to interesting things. It will begin as a pencil work and become a draughtsman’s pen work.

What’s the one thing you’d take to a desert island and why?
Tea making facilities
What was the last art exhibition you attended?
I took my daughter to the Soanes Museum in London, Lincolns inn Fields, in which there is a cacophony of wonderful works from all over the world, including an Original collection of the actual ‘Rakes Progress’, by the 18th century English Artist, William Hogarth.
Landscapes or Seascapes?
Neither and both. Neither, because I tend to look more closely at the world and have always found it difficult to approach landscape or seascape, as I am looking intimately, at each blade of grass. Both, because I love both landscapes and seascapes.
What’s your favourite colour or colour palette?
I am fond of a clean palette, I like to reduce it and often work in Black and white, to keep the eye focused on the pattern and flow of the images. I also love gold because it is an alive medium, which will create a varying character within an image.

What was the last book you read?
I am reading Ted Hughes collected poetry, when there is time to dip in and ‘Poirot and Me’ by David Suchet.
Anything else you’d like to tell us?
My work is driven by my interest in Pattern. recurring patterns, fractals, occur virtually everywhere in nature: in coastlines and river ways, in snowflakes and leaf veins, even in our own lungs. We use pattern in almost all our modern sciences and technology and the more efficient the system, the more it looks like nature. We decorate and fill our homes with pattern. Pattern is how we, as humans navigate and learn about our world. We differentiate and store patterns better than any other species. This is how we got where we are today.
I am now planning to have an an exhibition on the theme, ‘The pattern movement’, the dates and location of which will appear on Instagram Rachelboneart and on my website,