Skip to content
December 15, 2011 / caswelld

E-3 Gallery

Here is a Gallery of the Paintings used in my E-3 Final Paper. You can read the entire essay by Clicking on the “E-3 Francis Bacon” tab at the top of this blog.

December 8, 2011 / caswelld

Poetry Attempt Two

Here are two more attempts at poems.  The styling is based, in part, off the Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams.

The Poems are both based on the works of Alfred Stieglitz who is, in my opinion, one of the best photographers of all time. I hope I do his works some credit.

The steel rises above the brick
behind the brick

The city watches

The clouds rise up to it

The future approaches fast

the horses round the turn
paycheck at risk

number 7 in front
man breaths in

the horses approach the finish
anticipation rises

number 7 crosses the line

November 16, 2011 / caswelld

Second Paper Gallery

In my second paper, I discussed the affect cubism had on paintings and painters throughout the rest of the 20th and 21st century.  The paintings discussed in the paper were The Jungle (1943) by Wilfredo Lam, American Landscape (1930) By Charles Sheeler, and Untitled (1984) by Donald Judd. This gallery is a supplement to my paper, showing the works my paper was based on.

The Jungle (1943) Wifredo Lam

American Landscape (1930) Charles Sheeler

Untitled (1984) Donald Judd

November 6, 2011 / caswelld

Fractal “Art”

A fractal is a geometrical structure that has a fragmented shape at all scales of measurement, from the most marco scale to the most micro scale.  All mathematical properties of the structure (i.e.: perimeter of curves) behave as if the dimensions of the structure (read: fractal dimensions) are greater then the spatial dimensions. I am sure Wikipedia has more specific information then that in one of its articles, but that is the basic idea of a fractal.

For the past couple years, I have played with manipulating/warping fractals into patterns.  Here are a couple of my favorites.

Sadly, WordPress is unable to upload (and most browsers are unable to show) a raw fractal.  Neave Interactive has a fantastic demo using the same “Apophysis” algorithm.  The Fractal is a raw one, without effects or changes like the ones in the gallery above.

Creative Commons License
Fractal by Derek Caswell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

November 6, 2011 / caswelld

Piccaso Composition

Antoine de Saint Exupery once said, “Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.”

I believe cubism, at the very least synthetic cubism, follows this ideal.  Picasso’s cubists paintings avoids metaphors and even largely avoids color metaphors.  He paints what he sees, with all necessary emotions built into the painting.  Maar’s isolation is not identified by despair or by cool color tones.  Instead, her isolations is identified by isolation itself.  The plane you find Maar on is isolated from the other planes.  She “sitting” on the chair but she is not on the chair, she is not connected to the chair.  Isolation identifies isolation, there is little metaphor there.

Picasso does not paint “realistic” scenes in the traditional scenes.  He does not try to recreate a scene photo-realistically.   It is unnecessary for him.  He has removed the details from the painting that do not need to be there.  I believe, while maintaining the scene and message, Picasso’s cubist works have broken down the painting to the point of near perfection.

October 12, 2011 / caswelld

Editor’s Note

So the hamster at WordPress seems to have fallen off the wheel.  All of the hyperlinks in the various blogs I have posted today have disappeared and I have no idea why. Also, all my attempt to fix one of the articles led to the hyperlinks being re-deleted.  I emailed WordPress and got a response that more or less said they were doing server maintenance and to try again a little later.  Since I have no other choice that is what I am going to do!


October 12, 2011 / caswelld

Un Petit Examen!

Explain the concept of composition.

Composition is how everything goes together in a painting or the placement of various elements with in the painting.  The cat in Olympia is part of its composition and the line drawing of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is part of that paintings composition.

Name two ways an artist can show depth without a vanishing point.

One way an artist can show depth in a painting without a vanishing point is through perspective.  For example, if the width of a table decreases as it goes, one might see the table getting further away. Another way to show depth without a vanishing point is to use colors to show depth.  An example of this is Paul Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire where the mountain and the sky are darker shards of blue and located in the background, the town is a light green and earth tones and is located in the mid-ground and the foreground is made up of dark greens.  The foreground is at the bottom, the mid-ground is in the middle and the background is at the top.  Despite the painting having no vanishing point and no perspective, the colors show depth.

Name one “goal” of Modern Art.

Modern Arts goal is to force a victory of form over content and to force the observer to think about the meaning behind each work rather then simply acting as a window to a scene.