Author Archives: David

Compounding Design

The Gestalt principle of similarity reveals how we organize visual fields using similar characteristics to group, identify and place shapes. We gather and arrange these similars in fundamental shapes like the “T”, “V”, “S”, or curved “C” forms.  The “T” … Continue reading

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Origins of Art Nouveau

We can trace an influence of science on art through Ernst Haeckel, a mid 19th century scientist/artist who inspired the visual arts through his botanical and zoological illustrations.  The Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th century owes much of … Continue reading

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Pinball Cities

In rural Missouri just west of St. Louis are lost pieces of the Missouri River.  Occasionally the great river changes its course and leaves a trace like a horseshoe lake as a reminder of its past channel. Near one of … Continue reading

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Jeweled Patterns With Atmosphere

The delight we find in arranging ornament and discovering  ornamental patterns reaches back to the beginning of human history as we carved and painted our stony walls.  Across time and cultures the patterns grew in complexity.  Even in our most … Continue reading

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Woodland Veils

We derive much of our image of landscapes from the poet, Virgil of ancient Rome. His ideas were read and interpreted by artists like Nicolas Poussin in the 1600s.  Poussin kept to ancient classical themes while updating the form of … Continue reading

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Acadia in Mist

A couple of hours south of Maine’s Acadia National Park lies Prouts Neck, Maine. Here was Winslow Homer’s last home, studio and subject. Living on the Maine coast insures many hours of fog bound imagery.  Fog simplifies forms and dissolves … Continue reading

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City Perspectives

Merge linear perspective to atmospheric perspective for an emotionally persuasive experience. Why? Because linear perspective’s feeling for measurable depth coupled to atmospheric perspective’s sensation of indefinite space will stimulate an emotion of space, movement and infinity. This brief post plans … Continue reading

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Light Waves

Isaac Newton puzzled over light’s substance. Was it composed of particles (photons) or waves? In the 19th century scientists like Mathew Young determined light was composed of both, particles and waves. Our eyes receive light as electromagnetic touches which are … Continue reading

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Oceanic Vessels

As a child I watched as Jacques Cousteau discovered ancient amphora on the seafloor of the Mediterranean. I would imagine their history, their shipwreck, their spoiled contents, and the slow corrosive work of the sea on their aging appearance. Cousteau … Continue reading

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Ancient Vessels

Returning to ancient sources offers opportunities for re-invention and discovery. The enigmatic imagery and classical forms of ancient civilizations tantalize with their indecipherable mysteries.  Borrowing two thousand year old shapes and merging them with contemporary landscape images took art history … Continue reading

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