Triangles is my most recent abstract painting. After painting squares and then circles, I thought to myself, “Why not triangles?” Once I painted the large triangle on the center of the page it brought to mind the great pyramids in Egypt so I painted two more. I was painting over the July 4th weekend and started thinking about what I had learned while painting the Lion’s Gate in relation to the Giza Pyramids a few years back.
The ancient Egyptians viewed the star Sirius as the bringer of new life because Sirius was newly visible in the sky at the time of the yearly flooding of the Nile River. They depended on the flooding to fertilize their lands. From July to August, Sirius lines up directly with the pyramids in Giza. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky, it follows Orion, the hunter in the constellations and is sometimes called the dog star.
Secret societies, such as the Masons, have used Sirius as the symbol of their directive; to guide, protect and lead those who seek light. Many of the United States founding fathers were Masons, perhaps that’s one reason that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th. As the brightest star in the sky, it represents the highest aspiration to truth and service to others, in short, the best we can be.
In the painting I painted rays from the star streaming down. Certainly right now in the USA, we need all the help we can get. The COVID numbers keep going up here in Georgia. Stay safe everyone and enjoy the dog days of Summer!
Cycles is my most recent abstract painting. In this painting I was again thinking about patterns in time and the theory that time moves along in spirals. I painted spirals and waves and particles using my favorite colors.
Right at this moment in time we are moving through what seems like many recurring cycles. Pandemics have occurred cyclically throughout time. Here in the USA, the COVID-19 pandemic numbers are expanding, the government has not handled well as the situation is spiraling out of control in several states. With the murder of George Floyd, issues of police brutality and racism came up for all to see and problems that have continued since the Civil War are back to be faced once again. Also, 2020 is similar in a way to the period of the Roaring 20’s with so much wealth belonging to a small number of billionaires, while many continue to struggle. The pandemic makes financial matters worse.
This year there is an accumulation of cycles that will force us to deal with these issues and begin to envision structural changes in several areas. As we move through critical time, it is frightening and messy but, hopefully on the other side of this, there will be a brighter future for all.
It’s July 4th Independence Day holiday weekend here in the US. The COVID-19 numbers are way up in Georgia so we will be staying home. I’ll most likely start a new painting. Enjoy the weekend!
Here is a new abstract painting titled Neptune. In keeping with the idea of outer space that I started with my last painting, I decided this time to paint a planet using cooler colors. I chose Neptune because of it’s blue green color. Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and is one of the gas giants which has no solid surface, instead the gas transitions into slushy ice and water. Neptune is named for the god of sea because of it’s blue color.
Unlike the Venus painting, this time I wanted Neptune to stand out but still have a lot of action going on around it which I think I succeeded in doing. The serpentine lines are fun as that brought to my mind dragons passing by.
Outer Space is a new abstract painting of mine. In the first few abstracts I was pondering the concept in quantum physics of the particle and wave. I was picturing inner space, the invisible particles/ waves that everything is made of.
In this painting I started out with a large yellow round shape, imagining Venus but soon she was hidden with all the overlaid paint. I’m enjoying this new process of painting where I don’t have create an objective image, it’s freeing. It’s fun to play with forms and shapes and colors. This painting turned out quite sunny and vivid which makes it a good one to post on this first day of Summer here in the Western hemisphere. It’s going to be a long hot one, stay safe out there!
About Time is a new abstract painting. I’ve been thinking of how we move through time and decided to paint a cross splitting the page with each square symbolizing one of the four seasons of a year. I also put in the white spiral as we go round and round through the seasons as we move through time.
Last week here in the USA it felt to me that something monumental happened in time, like a big gear clicking into place. I get the sense now that the majority of us are not going back into the same old patterns. It feels like it’s now time to heal ancient wounds and move forward, away from the mistakes of the past, into a fresh diverse future.
Here is my most recent abstract painting titled Resonance. It is a visual continuation of my thoughts on the wave-particle duality theory that I was reading about during the last painting. One idea that struck me was the description of the principle of resonance that states that when two frequencies are brought together, the lower will ALWAYS rise to meet the higher. An example of this was explained by dropping a pebble in a lake with the waves moving out from the center joining another expanding wave.
From that idea I started the painting with expanding waves of color. I then added a few particles. Another idea presented helped me get a picture of how all this works is that we can think of atoms being like little tornadoes, mostly space. All of us, in fact everything is made of mostly space that’s always spinning! Toward the end of the painting I added the spiral, thinking of the spiral energy of a tornado.
The past couple of weeks here is the USA have been intense. I think that people are finally coming into resonance that our system here is unjust and especially so for blacks and that this needs to change. I believe in the power we all have to look at our shadows of our past, own them and start to imagine and then build new systems that will work for all of us.
Particle or Wave is my latest attempt at abstract painting. I started out with the theme of duality and began by painting two large squares side by side filling the page, from there I continued overlaying more elements. Last Friday I went to get the painting scanned but while there realized then it wasn’t quite complete. I left and ended up working on this for two weeks.
As the painting got more complex and began looking less dualistic, I started thinking about the concept in quantum mechanics where matter is either a wave or particle depending on how the viewer sees it. It’s called the wave-particle duality and is the central concept of quantum mechanics. I then started adding more circles and spiraling waves. I added the sun in the center and the white stripe to help the composition and overlaid more waves and particles and called it complete!
Well it’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, the traditional start of summer. I’m thinking back to all the fun times we had at the neighborhood pool. This year is quite different. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!
I’ve just completed my second abstract painting titled Dragons. With this painting I chose not stick with the square shapes and to use a different color palette than my usual.
I decided to have an idea in my mind to help me with the structure of the painting. I had read something about dragon and reptiles in a blog post that struck me and decided to paint with them in mind, hence the name. It’s more intense and darker than my usual work, but my favorite colors peek through. I’m enjoying doing these abstracts and will start a new one soon.
Squares is a painting that I finished up this weekend. It’s my first experiment with abstract painting which is something I had been thinking of doing for a while now. To have a focus I decided to paint squares in continuing the idea of 2020 being a 4 year because squares having 4 sides. I started painting squares of various colors and sizes and began overlaying with more squares and scratching back to show the colors underneath. It was challenging since I wasn’t quite sure of how to proceed and began to look muddy but I moved through the frustration and was able to pull colors out. I found myself wanting to expand squares to rectangles but stuck with the equal sided square. After a while it started coming together and I like the result.
The overlay of the colors making new colors along with the the scratch back through the colors reminded me of batik wall hangings I made for friends and family years ago. One thing I loved about batik was you never know how the colors would blend and end up. In this painting I ended up with these vivid colors which I love. I think I will start a new abstract now with colors I don’t generally use as another experiment and skip all the squares.
They are slowly starting to open things up here in Georgia, I have mixed feelings about that and am hoping that the vulnerable don’t pay the price. Take care everyone!
After learning last week that because dragonflies zig and zag about, they symbolize flexibility and the need for a fresh perspective I was inspired to do a painting with a dragonfly focus. I then decided to check out the meaning of the number 4 since I had painted 4 dragonflies circling the sun in the earlier painting. The number four is symbolic of stability, order and structure. The year 2020 adds up to four and it’s interesting that our structures and foundations are somewhat shaky now and need transformation with all that’s going on.
Four Dragonflies is the result. I chose to have the dragonflies rising up in a spiral and decided each one would represent one of the four elements: earth, water, air and fire which helped me with the the composition and transitions. I’m not quite sure how successful it is but it was fun to paint, I loved playing with the swirls of color, trying to make it work. Well hang in there everyone, we will get through this.