Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 Fresh - March.

   Harvey posted a link to my last post, "How I Did It, and What I've Done" at IMAO on Dec. 24th. Thanks, Harvey! link-of-the-day Bonus Link
   I was really touched and encouraged by the kind comments left by Jimmy, Oppo, and Harvey. I even tried to open an account at Ebay so Harvey and Oppo could have a bidding war over my piece, "Inner Strength", but after I opened an account, the sign up page told me they didn't recognize my password, so I guess I did something wrong. Well, that's just one more thing to learn how to do to add to my list. In the meantime, I can show you the work I did in March of 2013.
   And maybe, sometime this week, I can actually draw some NEW episodes of Kevin Koastie.
***Update*** Linked at IMAO! Link of the Day: A Bit More Randomness Around the Edges.

Dark Matters. 3/3/13
   In Dark Matters, I played with several different design elements. Starting with 9 points around the inner circle, I moved out to 18 points, 36 points, 64 points and finally 128 points around the edges before expanding again in the corners just to fill out the page. By making the elements of the design smaller and closer together as I approached the edges, I tried to create the illusion of roundness, that it was a globe of sorts. I also played with the points in the design where 1 line crossed a previously drawn line. I made the new line run into the previous line, then skip a space and continue. Well, the more lines I draw, the more such collisions there will be, so, what to do with them? I decided to give the whole thing a  organic look by curving the corners, pointing the ends, and overlapping the secondary lines. (Confused yet? I have to make up words and expressions to describe my concepts and even I get confused sometimes - the main thing to remember is, If I Do It Right, It Sparkles!)
   Then I had to figure out what pattern of color application to use. The use of black, a couple of different greys and browns gave it a sort of sinister look, and so inspired the title.

Blue Cross. 3/7/13
   This one shares similarities with my previous work, Blue Crosses, both in title and composition, but with a bit more randomness around the edges.

Dark Grey to Posh Purple, PiR2. 3/14/13
   This one is another exploration of the possibilities of the 9, 18, 36, 64 etc progression like I used in Dark Matters, with variations in the proportions and treatment of the secondary elements of the design. It looks OK to me, but I couldn't think of a clever title for this one, so I just described the range of colors I used and threw in the mathematical expression "Pi R squared" to be cute. (I don't know if it's even possible to type mathematical equations on this keyboard - hence the need to explain my meaning.) Drawing is easy, computers are hard.

Crystal Wings. 3/18/13
   This one also experiments with the 9, 18, 36 pattern but with yet another treatment of the secondary elements. This one also has a background treatment which is partly decorative and partly corrective. (I smudged the page and had to do something to cover up my mistake.)

Transpermia. 3/21/13
   This one is something I invented all on my own. I drew a cube, and then did something different with it. I played with this design again in my cover art selection, "Almost There But Close Enough" in a previous post at this blog, but this was the first and original. I did another variation of this design in which I elongated it and added about twice as many lines. I titled that one "This One Made My Eyes Pucker" but I can't show you that one because I sold it several months before I got my scanner. Sorry. Anyway, the title refers to a rather craven theory about the origin of life Link: Transpermia on earth (or anywhere). It sounds plausible but it doesn't go far enough because it avoids the ultimate question of where did the FIRST life come from? Well, Transpermia sounds cool, and those pointy bits at the 7 nexuses of the design look a tiny bit like sperm cells so.... that's how my mind works.

Semi-Random, Semi-Curved Structure. 3/28/13
   After "puckering my eyes" with those previous designs, I drew this one as a way to relax, and just pass the time with some old, familiar concepts used in a new way.

Well, that's all for March of 2013. Sorry, no more Kevin Koastie tonight. I've had over 2000 page views to this BlogSpot in 2013, no doubt mainly thanks to Harvey at IMAO providing links to me.
All hail the Moon-Nukers of IMAO! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and may we all have a Happy New Year! God Bless!


  1. I was directed to your work by a good friend. It's beautiful, amazing, love what you're doing. And just a bit envious, too, after spending many months coloring other people's mandalas as a mindfulness project. This just takes the art to wholly different level. Hope you'll most more. Lizbeth

  2. Lizbeth Dusseau,
    Thank you! I've read about mandalas, that they're a sort of visual aid to meditation, and even named some of my designs "mandalas" in years past. Once I finish posting my work from 2013, I think I'll go through my notebooks and display a selection of my favorites from past years. I'll be sure to include my "mandalas" for your consideration. :)

  3. Wh - I -

    I'm left speechless by these.

    "Dark Grey to Purple Posh" actually makes me feel three dimensions. Feel them.

    Not explainable in words.

    That is art at its finest.

  4. Oppo, Wow! High Praise! indeed. Thanks!

  5. (Actually, not: to me, it sounds like someone walking into the Sistine Chapel and saying, "Whooaa! Dude!" Words really fall short.)

    But: there's a challenge for an artwork: "The Sixteen Chapel." I know that you must start out with 16-sided polygons sometimes . . .

    1. Hmmm... 16 sided polygons.... Yeah, I could do that. I should come up with some kind of award like the "I won High Praise! at IMAO" award at IMAO to give to people who give me ideas for new works of art. Maybe, "I was a source of inspiration at Little Worlds!" award? Hey, by the way, I'm working on a new, improved version of the design in "Dark Grey to Posh Purple". Another award for you! It'll be the first design I've started in 2014, although not the first I've finished.

  6. Yay!

    While an improved version of "Dark Grey to Posh Purple" is a logical inconsistency;
    and while I have no desire to inundate you with comments;
    I ran across this news item just now, and could not help thinking of your art.

    If people aren't reincarnated, maybe art techniques can be?
    "Ancient Palace's Painted Floors Display Bronze-Age"
    - | January 06, 2014 | Denise Chow
    Emily Catherine Egan, a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, studied the floor of the Throne Room at the Palace of Nestor, one of the best-preserved palaces of Mycenaean Greece, a civilization from the late Bronze Age.

    She found that the floors of the palace, located in the present-day Greek town of Pylos, were made of plaster, and were often painted with grids of bright patterns or marine animals.

    The creative decorations show how ancient Mycenaean artists used floors - together with painted ceilings and walls - to impress palace visitors, Egan said.

    "Mycenaean palatial floor paintings are typically believed to represent a
    single surface treatment — most often, cut stone or pieced carpets," Egan said in a statement. "At Pylos, however, the range of represented patterns suggests that the floor in the great hall of the palace was deliberately designed to represent both of these materials simultaneously, creating a new, clever way to impress visitors while simultaneously instructing them on where to look and how to move within the space."

    The Palace of Nestor's painted floors date back to between 1300 B.C. and 1200 B.C., according to archaeologists. The Throne Room's floor recalls both patterns of painted stone masonry and depictions of textiles in Greek wall paintings, Egan said.

    The intricate motifs, and the combination of the different patterns, were
    likely designed by the artist to express the sheer power of the monarchy, she added...

    Egan also found evidence that a drafting technique called an "artist's grid" was used to paint the floor. This technique involves laying down a faint grid on the surface to help ensure accurate spacing for repeating patterns or designs."

  7. That's half my art - setting a pattern, so that what I do within the pattern can go wild without going insane. The History Channel has a show called "Ancient Astronauts". The self-proclaimed experts on the show explain every mystery of the ancient world, every work of art and every technological or engineering leap forward in mankind's history as the result of little green men from Mars dropping by to mess with us. I believe there's another explanation - People Back Then Weren't Stupid!