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Owliver’s Sketchbook #94 min read

August 28, 2021 3 min read


Owliver’s Sketchbook #94 min read

Reading Time: 3 minutes

To give you a regular dose of some art, Owliver has partnered with his friends from PhilARThropy!

About PhilARThropy: PhilARThropy is a social organisation that takes art education and creation to under resourced communities by working in low income academic spaces across India).

The activities need minimum supplies, and you do not have to worry about perfecting it— this is your sketchbook. Have fun with it!

What do you think infinity looks like?
Of course, there is the symbol:

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And then, there is the space that we know very little of:

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and then, there is art, where ideas are infinite, and go on indefinitely across time and space, like the work you see here:

What we see is a weave that does gives us the illusion of continuity, threads extended beyond the canvas indefinitely. No colour terminates or originates within the space of the canvas but extends beyond it. This is the power of Alicia McCarthy’s work!

Alicia McCarthy is an American artist who has San Francisco in her veins, and in her paints. She is known for her “urban rustic” aesthetic, that combines San Franciscan bohemian street style with folk art. Here, modernity merges with tradition, offering another instance of infinity.

She also uses industrial, urban material for her artwork, like house paint and discarded wood.

Here’s a snapshot of her work:

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Shall we try to recreate one of these?

You only need 5-6 paints, a brush, a mixing pallete, a paper (as big as you want), water to clean your brushes, and an apron to keep the paint off your clothes.

Watch the video to get started:

1. Cover a square of whatever dimensions you like on a white paper in black, and wait for it to dry.
2. Now draw horizontal and vertical lines of one colour across the square.
3. Repeat this with another colour. Instead of making straight lines, break the lines in places where they intersect the initial colour.
4. Repeat the process with 4-5 colours and…voila! Your masterpiece is ready.

And guess what, you just painted infinity!

Try experimenting with patterns, and share them with us at

We will be waiting for them.

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