Abstract Number Nine December 2012


Number Nine turned out so well, I'm making it my banner image on Google+.

Abstract Number Eight December 2012


The Snowman and the Snowdog


How come no one in America has ever seen this? Oh, that's right. No obvious tie-in for expensive merchandise and no explosions or blood.

Abstract Number Seven December 2012


Abstract Number Six December 2012


Abstract Number Five December 2012


This is a filtered, altered, messed-up abstract that turned out very nicely, especially that purple stuff in the corner.

Abstract Number Four December 2012


Abstract Number Three December 2012


This is one of my favorites from the series. This reminds me of cloth hanging down, thick and flowing, just before it graces the presence of a stone floor somewhere cold.

Abstract Number Two December 2012


Number Two from the December series is a bit more layered and textured, thanks to some filtering assistance from Photoshop.

Abstract Number One December 2012


Number one of fifteen different abstract paintings for the end of the year. This is a closeout, if you will, and the oft-interrupted culmination of a great year of abstract paintings.

The Organ at Luray Caverns


I had a lot of fun taking photos in the bowels of the Luray Caverns, and, of all of the shots I took, this one seems to have come out in the most traditional way.

This is the "organ" that uses the stalactites to make music by triggering small hammers. It didn't sound all that great to me, but what do I know?

Sheer Rock Wall


Boring but relaxing, textured and interesting, at least in my opinion.

This is a shot of the wall adjacent to the Atomkeller in Haigerloch, Germany.

Römerturm, Haigerloch


I think this is what they called the "Roman" tower above Haigerloch, Germany.

Schlosskirche Haigerloch


One of many shots inside the Schlosskirche in Haigerloch, Germany. This is probably one of the few churches in the world that is situated above an abandoned atom bomb research bunker.

Abstract Number Nine November 2012


The last of the November abstracts, and my favorite.

I would rate this one the best I've done all year, or at least in the heavily-interrupted last six months of hectic travel and obligations and whatnot. This one emerged from a pile of discarded ideas and hurried stabs at making the paint do something three dimensional and interesting. When I was done with this one, I knew I had it and I left it, hoping it would dry well.

That it did, and I hope to have December's abstracts up in a few weeks.

Abstract Number Eight November 2012


Looming like a tremendous blue and purple iceberg that has just crashed into the side of a hulking aircraft carrier full of fizzy drinks, this one I rather appreciate for being casual with the white space in a way that I don't normally find appealing.

Abstract Number Seven November 2012


This is a heavily processed and rebalanced segment of the work that I didn't want to ignore. There appear to be insects dancing or fencing here, and I thought that this was worth inclusion just because of that.

The Voynich Manuscript

I thought this was a pretty interesting article, and my only theory is this:

Since a manuscript from the 1400s would almost certainly have to have been copied at one or perhaps two or three points in its history, then the "text" or contents are likely much older than the 15th Century. If this is the case, then the text is either in a lost language or the individual or individuals who copied and transcribed the text made a colossal blunder of it by rendering the original text into gibberish.

Simply by randomly transposing a few letters due to a poor translation or due to some sort of confusion, the entire text could have been rendered useless. That's my theory.

What you may have here is simply a botched job of copying an original manuscript and nothing more than that.

Abstract Number Four November 2012


Owing to the fact that a lot of these were looking very horizontal and landscape in nature, here's one that's more of a portrait.

In the past, I avoided white space. Here, I think the white space is an interesting part of the piece.

Abstract Number Three November 2012


The third painting in this series reminds me a lot of what I was doing back in June and July. If you haven't already seen those, please have a lot.

This is a different color process than version number two, but it really comes alive here in a way that I couldn't ignore. So, two and three are very closely related because they're basically the same piece.

Abstract Number Two November 2012


This reminded me of shards of glass or crystal, and I thought this scan captured what I was going for.

Abstract Number One November 2012


This month's series of abstract paintings is fashionably late. However, I hope it was worth waiting for.

Numbers one through nine will appear over the course of the next few days. I'm just going to drop them like rocks into a big, big pond.

Number one is a multi-textured piece on canvas, and the details are okay on this one. I have a little more vibrancy to this set, and I think that shows up nicely.

The Slide in Stammheim


The slide says Calw, but this was shot in Stammheim.

What a lovely memory. This is the big blue slide at the outdoor freibad, and I shot it during one of the few days we were able to swim this past summer.

Ah, Christmas in Calw. What a nostalgic thing I have going this evening.

The Swimming Pool


Blocks


Monet's Water Nympheas Has Been Sold


I had the wonderful privilege to see Nympheas last spring in Stuttgart, Germany. This painting is truly a masterpiece and I think that the price reflects the influence that it has had over the years.

Monet's canvasses are truly worth seeing. Their size and scale are much larger than any print could possibly replicate.

Michael Palin's Brazil


The next interesting thing from Michael Palin? Brazil:
The series was his idea. “I really hadn’t planned to do any more journeys, but Brazil auditioned itself very well. The economy is growing fast, the World Cup is there in 2014 and the real clincher was the Olympics in 2016. It meant that a country that had never had much attention from this side of the Atlantic was in the spotlight. So we applied to the BBC for a budget.” 
Even for a man with his track record, however, there was no instant green light. “It wasn’t a given at all. I rather hoped it might be. But there are new people at the BBC, with new policies.” Still, he got the go-ahead and set off, he says, with the same spring in his step with which he embarked on his first travelogue, Around The World in 80 Days, in 1989. One thing that amazed him was the sheer size of the country: Brazil is twice as big as India. “And the distance from the Amazon to the south is like from here to Nigeria or something. We wound up telling Brazilians what other parts of their own country were like.”

In the next decade, Brazil will appear on the world stage in more than just those two ways. Aside from the World Cup and the Olympics, people are going to have to start asking serious questions about this nation, which is growing in both size and influence. In all of Latin America, is there any nation more important than Brazil?

Ovals and Circles


Yes, this one's alright I suppose. The orange effect comes from the car parked beneath this fixture.

Where Are You Going With This?


I'm not sure where she's going with this; the story seems to be about chocolate eggs and less about the marketing aspect of creating something that will deliver for the various companies that have a vested interest in profiting from the Easter bunny phenomenon.

There aren't many side stories as to the day-to-day operations of the Easter bunny. Things happen. People fall into production machinery. There are labor unions to deal with. There was one time that the Easter bunny had to deal with a trucking union strike and his solution was to hire scabs and have the striking truckers driven out of town by hired goons, also known as Pinkertons, and then charge the government a surcharge on several contracts in order to make up the difference. It was a pretty rough situation, and, when all was said and done, a couple of the guys from the union ended up wearing a wire so that the Feds could indict someone--anyone--on a racketeering charge that ended up being thrown out on appeal.

He's a rough bastard, and he doesn't mind telling you that.