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.