Arting for 365 Day 287: Science Fiction No More

Day 287 Coffee, watercolor and pinholes in paper

Day 287 Coffee, watercolor and pinholes in paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

My recent obsession with exploring pierced paper led me to create day 287’s piece. I was aiming to render something cell-like with an abstract bent to it. As I worked on the piece, I turned on Radiolab, a podcast that has been playing in the background for me quite a bit recently. The show I was listening to focused on speed. As they started in on the 3rd or 4th segment of the show (about 45 minutes in), I became completely floored. A scientist named LeneVestergaard  had slowed light to 15 mph in a new form of matter called Bose-Einstein condensate. I began to imagine atoms of light slowing down right in front of me and could only imagine how absolutely crazy that might be.

Inspired by the story I continued creating, incorporated some color and wondered how long science fiction will stay fiction.

Side note: My dad is sure to say that my idea to add coffee as a means of painting this piece had to have come from an accidental spill. Such an assumption is not out of the question – I have turned more than one spill into a happy accident in my day. This though, dad, is not one of those times. 

This piece is available for purchase here

Day 287: detail

Arting for 365 Day 16: Cellular Kaleidoscope

Day 16: Cellular KaleidoscopeGoal: To create one work of art each day for 365 consecutive days

It is always so fantastic to come across work that you absolutely fall in love with. Yesterday I did just that as I looked at Chris Marley’s pieces on Design Milk . Marley uses bugs, insects, butterflies, etc. to create his work. I think bugs are really amazing – especially beetles – so I love this. I also really appreciated the clean, geometric manner in which he laid out his designs. Marley’s work, along with my recent thoughts on cells and my urge to really dive into a big ink project is what inspired day 16’s piece.

I began the work by drawing out circles, which I thought of as individual “cells” onto my 12” x 25” paper. I tried to allow each cell to work independently as its own design, but to also interact with those around it. Lines and shapes in one circle often carried over into another creating a kaleidoscope-like image.

Day 16: Cellular Kaleidoscope Detail 3Cellular Kaleidoscope Detail 1








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Day 12 of Arting for 365: Cells and Such

Day 12: Cells & SuchGoal: To create one work of art for 365 consecutive days in a row

I’m currently reading James A. Michener’s Hawaii which was suggested to me by my mom. As she described the book, I wasn’t real sure it was going to be something I’d be into, but it has been. Two nights ago I got to the 663-ish page range (this is a long book) -the point when the bubonic plague visits the islands. This got me thinking about the horrible disease. I wanted to see what the bacteria look like that causes it.  As I came across pictures it dawned on me that bacteria and cells at the microscopic level are always so lovely. You could be looking at examples of the most dreadful diseases or bacteria or who knows what and they always seem beautiful. I have a friend, in fact who framed a few gorgeous cell pictures for her house. Cells & Such Detail

I decided I’d do my own version of cells and bacteria using watercolor and ink. The 11″ x 15″ painting is not a specific representation of any particular cell or bacteria – just some imaginings of them.