Friday, December 25, 2015

Jacob van Loon

It still happens ... I see a few pieces of art by an artist and I just immediately feel connected and want to know more about the artists and how they are producing this art, the techniques involved, the materials, the ideas behind the art. This is exactly what happened when I stumbled across the images created by Jacob van Loon. 

Jacob van Loon, Confluence, Watercolor, acrylic, and graphite on panel

Jacob van Loon, De Tonti, Watercolor and graphite on panel
It is amazing how precisely planned and executed the pictures are, while everything equally looks random and free. There are backwashes and blooms, splatter and drops of alcohol when still wet, and all this combined with highly accurately constructed design, squares, rectangles, straight lines. Together to me this is just exciting and new. 

Jacob van Loon, Mechanicsville, Watercolor and graphite on panel

Jacob van Loon, Quincy Station, 1946, Watercolor, acrylic, and graphite on paper

You can find several movies showing the painting process on his website. Here is one example:

I already started applying some of this to my most recent painting. Let's see how these "accidents" mix and match with my organic shapes and forms. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Advent Update. Own Works.

I had a quite productive week. 5 new drawings complete. 
Here a little sample of the kaleidoscopic images that came out of them. 

Kaleidoscopic Circle, Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image 

Kaleidoscopic Star, Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image

If you would know. Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image

If you would know 2. Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image

Star spangled night. Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image

Monday Hearts. Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image
Monday Star, Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image
Face Triangles, Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image
Circle of Friends, Jurgen Ziesmann, Own Image

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I am an at least two sided person. On one side I love art, creating art myself, as well as diving into art created by others. On the other side I am scientist, looking into microscopes since 35 years, discovering a world of wonder and not to rarely great beauty. Whenever I discover an artist combining these two areas of my life, I am very excited. Today I would like to introduce you to the art of Fabian Oefner.

Fabian Oefner

Fabian Oefner, Millefiori 24, Photograph of Watercolor and Ferrofluids on a Magnet

Fabian Oefner experiments with new materials, in this case Ferrofluids. Ferrofluids combine the properties of a fluid with the magnetic properties of solids. Combine that with color, and you end up with spectacular images like the one above or below. Stunning patterns that remind of stacks of biological membranes in deep black, with colored cytoplasm between them. Pictures of stunning beauty, close to my heart.

Fabian Oefner, Millefiori 23, Photograph of Watercolor and Ferrofluids on a Magnet

In a second series of experiments Fabian Oefner mixes paint with movement and lets centrifugal forces and gravity do its work, photographing the outcome with high speed cameras. Ready for amazing pictures of paints, seemingly weightless, floating through space? For much more amazing images, visit Fabian Oefner's studio page

Welcome to 2024 This is my first picture of the year. I am always happy to hear/read some feedback. Any idea for a title?