I started drawing the meander patterns that show up in the background of this piece one day as I was testing out some new colored pencils, and it was so much fun that I dyed some paper, laid it out in squares, and covered the whole thing with the meander. Those squiggles reminded me of the little wire shapes I had made a few years before for the piece of art, so I pulled out some wire and made more. They looked like crazy little figures, no two alike, and they started out lined up neatly each in the center of it’s own square, but somehow the wanderlust took hold, and they started moving around on the piece. The little one at the bottom right seems like he’d like to join them, but hasn’t gotten up the nerve.
Here’s a detail, in which you can sort of see the background pattern. The wax makes it tricky to get a clear photo.