Monthly Archives: May 2016

Expanding Models of Perception

Our library of visual models guides us to visual conclusions. From the jittery arrays of photons we assemble an image in our cortex out of memory and experience.  We manufacture visual reality. Our memory stocks work to discern if a … Continue reading

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Abstraction through Water

Painting works upon our sense of discovery.  As my 2 year old granddaughter, Iris, water-colored she told me she was making a unicorn.  As Iris surveyed her work she discovered it was not a unicorn.  It was a “blue rocket … Continue reading

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Designing Windy Motion and Pursuing Cloisonne Effects

Prior to the 19th century artists using windy imagery looked to seascapes and sailing themes.  Early in the 19th century to landscape artists, John Constable and J.M.W. Turner looked to skies to generate a feeling of windy motion in their … Continue reading

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Between The Leaves

In Patterns of Intention, Michael Baxandall wrote,  since the early Renaissance artists like Pieter Camper noticed that blue areas and objects appear farther away and,  red objects appear closer to us. He therefore assigned blue to the background and red … Continue reading

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Running Through Harmony

Physicist, Lisa Randall, describes the condition of the universe just after the big bang as isotropic. Everything was the same in all directions and all places.  Here is a metaphor for harmony for in painting; a surface with a uniformity … Continue reading

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