It has been a while since I’ve blogged about any new pieces here… I was focusing on my traditional watercolours for the winter, although I did have a piece or two I hadn’t introduced.
For instance, there is this one which I called ‘Swiftly Tilting’. I had just read the whole Madeleine L’Engle series for the first time, so this image conjured up that title – you can imagine why! This is another one of my hand-painted pieces of fractal art – a watercolour on Aquabord. (Image here is watermarked). It is in a handmade black shadow-box frame (not shown).
Swiftly Tilting. Watercolour on Aquabord. 6×6″. Lianne Todd. $175.00
I’ve created THREE new pieces that will be ready for visitors to see on the Oxford Studio Tour! It’s May 6 & 7 this year, and it is our 10th year for the tour! I am Stop #3 this time. I will be keeping the new pieces, (2 metal prints, 1 acrylic print) under wraps until the tour, because sometimes it is just better if people have the chance to see the art in person first.
Earlier this year, I was the one updating our website with all of this year’s locations, artist blurbs, sample art images, and maps. It’s going to be a great tour, and there are even more reasons to come to Oxford County what with part of Big Cheese Days happening the Saturday of that weekend too! Gunns Hill is right on the way down to Otterville from the 401 and their cheese is delicious!
It has been a very busy year of creating and exhibiting so far, and I hope that continues. I look forward to the tour, and to a more active year of blogging about my art too!
Examples of fractals in biology are not difficult to find, and indeed if the universe is fractal, there should be a fractal component to all biological forms. In the post entitled The Photographs, in which I have captured some natural fractal forms, there are at least five forms which are biological. In the post entitled Butterflies and Moths, there were several digitally generated fractals which just happened to look biological. Anyone who has looked up the word fractal has probably been given the example of the fern, or the romanesco, or even the tree. In fact, people can create extremely realistic looking plants using software that takes advantage of fractal geometry. Our lungs, and our vascular systems are obviously fractal in nature. Ever looked at a sea slug? Beautiful little fractals.
When I create my fractal digital art, and sometimes watercolours, I don’t try to make things that are biological, but I recognize natural forms when I see them and they pop up on their own all the time. The fact that I’m not making them on purpose somehow speaks to my scientific side, and relates them to evolutionary theory. I talked about this a little bit in The rose and the creation process as well.
These two pieces are examples which are maybe not as obvious as the butterflies but do remind me of biology just the same.
Cell Division. Lianne Todd. Watercolour on Aquabord. 6×6″. $175.00
Triad. Lianne Todd. Watercolour on Paper. 20×20″. $650.00
If I am postulating that the universe is fractal in nature, it makes sense that structures formed by molecules behaving in their natural way should be recognizable as fractals. Such is the case with frost, turbulence, and bubbles. Just do a little Google search with each of those terms alongside fractal, and you’ll see what I mean. Mandelbrot made groundbreaking progress modelling turbulence, which had confounded mathematicians before him, using fractal geometry.
It also makes sense that in my random wanderings through the fractal universes I create, I encounter images that remind me of these phenomena. Such is the case with these two fractals which I chose to paint. I especially like the way the bubbles in Turbulence & Bubbles look like they are in the process of being blown, sometimes from multiple locations, and melding together when they meet, just like real bubbles would.
Hot Frost. Watercolour on Aquabord. 6×6″. $175.00 Lianne Todd
This is just one of my favourites. It’s only little, 6×6″, but like most fractals it took a long time to paint. So many tiny little fried eggs! It’s framed in a black lacquered shadow box frame so that it floats in the frame. The total size, frame and all, is roughly 12×12″.
Yet again, we see a natural shape. Well, natural, in that we are natural and we naturally like to fry eggs. Sometimes I find that it isn’t so much the repetition on smaller and smaller scales that makes me think of natural objects or phenomena when I look at fractals, but the shape that is being repeated.
As usual, it’s copyrighted and watermarked.
Fried Eggs Collection the Artist Lianne Todd Watercolour on Aquabord 6×6″