#88 Red Amaryllis Maze

In March, a deep red amaryllis started blooming in my east window. The morning sun would shine through the petals making it look like stained glass. I started to sketch it while the bloom was still open, then took a bunch of photos to preserve my faultering memory as the bloom faded.

I like the deep intimate view of the flower, reminding me of a Georgia O'Keefe painting.

Unfortunately, this maze was repeatedly interrupted by medical problems: arthritis made me put my pen down in April. In May, insomnia stopped just about everything in my life as I was overcome with torpor. In June, things started improving and with some persistence as well as actual pain, I completed the maze drawing in July.

There is a haiku hidden in this part of the image. You probably won't find it as the letters are individually stylized to match the texture of the image region. I hide things all over my mazes.

This maze introduces a new texture. When piecing together a maze, I've often struggled with how to connect masses of parallel line segments. I've experimented with tiny shunt segments that bridge the gaps, but was never satisfied with it (see Maze #30 The Dandelion). I've been using a freeway on-ramp merge style for most of my parallel line mazes over the years (see Maze #49 The Rhododendron). This new texture is a hybrid, 90° shunts, but always ensuring one path terminates at the shunt. I think this works really well, though, it evolved a bit to a backwards curve instead of a strict 90° turn.