Thursday, January 13, 2011

Geometry and Gallery walls

Started gridding out a painting for commission. The shape you see is a derivative of the flower of life - called the fruit of life - and is said to be "the blueprint of the universe, containing the basis for the design of every atom, molecular structure, life form and everything in existence." It's the base shape for creating a Metatron's Cube - I won't be taking it quite that far. It will eventually be the underlying shape for a merkaba, which is the name for two oppositely oriented and interpenetrating tetrahedrons. (Also called the "Star Tetrahedron", which resembles the Star of David.) On a side note, I think "interpenetrating" is a fantastic word.

So, I've been starting this painting as of late, painstakingly preparing the surface (gesso, sanding, gesso, sanding, acrylic, sanding...) and trying to figure out what other elements I'll be including. Luckily, my patrons for this particular piece of work are pretty enthusiastic about letting me do my thing. I did come up with a few sketches to show them before I started, but of course whatever this becomes will probably look much different than what I started with. I'll keep posting images of it's progress as it comes.

When I posted the picture above on my facebook art page, someone commented with a video link that I should watch. I haven't watched the entire thing yet, but it looks like it's right up my alley. Hunting the Hidden Dimension - from NOVA/PBS, about fractals - "Mysteriously beautiful fractals are deepening our understanding of nature." I will no doubt watch the full thing later tonight.

And, as promised - and I will have better pictures of this eventually - here are a few shots of my work from my show back in November. I handed someone my crappy camera at the actual event, but due to some confusing settings (and me being too busy schmoozing to fix it), most of those pictures are blue and blurry. This isn't everything, but these are the two main walls to the left and right when you walk in. It was wonderful to see all my work in the same place. There will be more solo shows to come, this I promise.

"When we tug on a single thing in nature, we find it attached to everything else." -John Muir


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  2. I know you said you'd have better pictures... but the colors I do see in them seems very bright. I really like the greens and oranges you've chosen for the paintings.


  3. Very cool! Can't wait to see what comes next - love the in progress updates;)