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An Eyeful

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Just because I love this.

Dear readers –

Some of you know that I carry two diseases of the retinas.  Usually I can move quite briskly through the day but not in the past few weeks.  For a while I couldn’t read even the biggest font — yesterday I began piecing together words in a magazine article. It’s great!

So please bear with me as I make my way back into a Green As Sky world. Green as grass, green as spring, green as summer. Home free.


New situation, you gain insights. My favorite is that when an artist can’t connect to the world of printed words she can grab a National Geographic of any vintage, turn it upside down and see on the visuals as abstract compositions. Color masses. distribution of tones. I find I have (at least) two visual minds. One keeps me from stubbing my toe in a world full of chairs, the second sees impractically, in the terms my art has led me to weight what I sight.  [riTcky wording used for emphasis.]

I think of Mondrian here. How while painting trees he begann to seize on the grid-like way branches interlaced.  Is this how a muse works? In the world we’re so carefully and carelessly taught how to see, we notice another aspect that tickles our attention. We play with this, maybe sketch it on napkins, maybe try imposing mental right angles on the limbs of a peach tree.  Your path opens up, you take it.

Circling back to us being taught how to see. In an industrial landscape — oil derricks, electrical poles — I’d always felt affronted.  One day I worked to view the scene as an engaging composition. And it was there. Fell into place, boom boom boom, freed from political blinders. Which rid me of feeling.bad.

Must stop for here. The words flow freely but the eyes are running in the wrong shoes.

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Art or Heartbreak of Tuesday

I’ve just received a heart-rending book of photographs.  It’s by Nick Brandt who has photographed and worked tirelessly with his Big Life Foundation with the wild elephants, lions and other dramatic fauna of Africa.  Inherit the Dust  positions examples of his righteous animal photography in views of African locations suffering Anthropocene conditions now.


Above, we see the beloved matriarch Qumquat where she and her generations of family were slaughtered for their tusks.  See what the land of Africa is becoming.


Above, the lioness and the fate of her territory.


Above, her her mate with what the land becomes.


The long necks.


Above, the close relatives of those who maul the land.

If you follow the fates of Africa’s big life and lands you will experience these contrasts in your vitals.  Something precious is being lost for something that bodes ill for humankind.  These scenes recall the devastation left by World War II — but combatants have changed radically and the odds are harsh.

Nick Brandt’s Inherit the Dust shows us issues we’ll soon not be able to ignore.



For moving contrasts see Brandt’s earlier books as On This Earth, A Shadow Falls and Across the Ravaged Land.

All images via ufunk, copyright Nick Brandt.

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Art of Tuesday, Paintless Color Play

After last week’s post about liquid colored light I’ve wondered if you could mix them and how they might be used in art.  Piped through a mesh of glass tubing? Trapped in chambers left inside glass objects? In clothing dyes — once the materials are less toxic.

Here are some coloring strategies you can’t source at an art supply house.

Murano glass vase. via Vaunte.

Murano glass vase. via Vaunte.


Cold Construction | Cesty skla / Ways of glass/ Martin Rosol and Pavel Novák, USA. via Pinterest.

Cold Construction | Cesty skla / Ways of glass/ Martin Rosol and Pavel Novák, USA. via Pinterest.

Double Shadow Concrete/ Plexiglas/ Agate Slice 8"x 8" x 7" 6.2011 . via

Esther Ruiz, Double Shadow.  Concrete/ Plexiglas/ Agate Slice
8″x 8″ x 7″. via estherruiz.


 James Turrell, Gathered Light. LED light, etched glass, shallow space. Aperature size 86 x 48 inches, runtime approx 2.5 hours. via kaynegriffincorcoran.

James Turrell, Gathered Light. LED light, etched glass, shallow space. Aperature size 86 x 48 inches, runtime approx 2.5 hours. via kaynegriffincorcoran.


James Turrell light installation. via Pinterest.

James Turrell light installation. via Pinterest.


Paintless color play

Environment Chromatic-Interferences: Interactive Space by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Solo Exhibition, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong (China), 2010.  via Pinterest.


Paintless color play

Amy Friend , Set Design. via Pinterest.


paintless color play

Julia Dault, ‘Untitled 27’ (2013). Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). via bamboobangga.


Paintless color play

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson presents his work called ‘Your Chance Encounter’.  Eliasson explores and plays with the architecture and functionality of the museum walls, bringing the institution to life, changing its rooms and corridors through his use of light, mirrors, shadow, color, wind and fog. via LUZ BRANCA.


Paintless color play

CMYK light bulb that casts coloured shadows by Dennis Parren. [All colored light sources cast colored shadows.] via Pinterest, via Dezeen.

Paintless color play

Colours Photo by *Corrie* on Flickr I like the way the colours turned out in this one. Yellow food dye in the drop and blue water in the drip tray. Blue gel on one flash and a red and yellow gel on the other. Pretty much as shot. Sunset Splash. via Flickr.


OK, I got hooked last week at the liquid luminous color, but finished the thought yesterday seeing the intelligent and subtle color effects obtained by profesonal fruit carvers.  Peel, underflesh, colored flesh.

Paintless color play

Huffington Post, Carved Watermelon. via Pinterest.


via garnishedfoodblog.

Carved fruit.  via garnishedfoodblog.

Here you have a wee pinch of color strategies available to the artist. One hundred blogposts couldn’t do justice to them all.

Color’s one of the most luxurious of sensations. I started by painting my house modernist white from first floor on up.  Whoa, depressing.  Now there are rooms from apricot to deep purple, yellowgreen to mild magenta, yowsa red to vivid lemon. The heart soars here now.

My friends, have fun.

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Beauty of Tuesday – Liquid Light

I’ve been out of town for a week enjoying Florida wildlife and palmy views.  Today’s blog focuses on beauty rather than art — an article this month in Nature Magazine about nanolights has made my eyeballs grin.

The nanolight revolution — virus-sized particles that fluoresce in every color 

A rainbow of liquid light.

Nanolight, a new field of study producing liquids in glowing colors. via Nature.

My first reaction is art material! but more practical types are thinking television displays and cancer treatment.

At Biopolis, a sprawling research complex in Singapore, Chi Ching Goh leans over an anesthetized mouse lying on the table in front of her, and carefully injects it with a bright yellow solution. She then gently positions the mouse’s ear underneath a microscope, and flips a switch to bathe the ear in ultraviolet light. Seen through the microscope’s eyepiece, the illumination makes the blood underneath the skin glow green, tracing the delicate vessels that carry the solution through the creature’s body.

Chi Ching Goh is focused on pinpointing blood vessels made leaky by inflammation. Stroke prediction, malaria research. I imagine art that changes guise under varying fluorescent lights.


Feast your eyes. Next week I’ll again showcase an admirable artist.


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