Painting with meaning

The paintings that catch our eye aren’t necessarily the ones that are perfectly executed. American Eagle in Drydock, by Carol L. Douglas While I’ve had an Instagram account for a long time, I’ve only recently understood how it really works. I’m not talking about its mechanics, but the algorithms that drive it. It has the …

Color and meaning (color temperature, part 2)

Composition VII, 1913, by Wassily Kandinsky. Three artists arrived at the idea of pure abstraction at roughly the same time: Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Kazimir Malevich. This was not coincidence; all three believed in the spiritual properties of abstraction, an idea they got from the rich stew of spiritualism swirling around turn-of-the-century Europe. One of …

Painting sails

Up to that point, my interest was purely pedantic; I just wanted to demonstrate painting sails and painting waves. But once I had my brushes in my fat little hand, the painting grabbed me by the scruff of the neck.