Manifesting ideas involves an
engagement with the messy world of substance, accidents accrue, and
laws that were not initially imagined begin to make themselves
Most of these projects consist of an
initial Idea that has been developed in my mind into an Ideal
Form (like an architect's plan or design concept). Ideas are then
tested and realized through working with physical media as a concrete
Experience the results of which are often a physical Object.
Without some level of surprise or discovery in the process of
object making, the result would merely an illustration of an idea,
remaining at the level of the “architect's plan”. Such
illustrations do not really interest me so much. Most of my ideas are
thereby conceived in a way that encourages discovery in the
If you are interested in any of these Ideas,
Experiences or Objects then it strikes me that there is a threefold
Ideas are free by nature!
Feel free to turn any of these
ideas into experiences of your own!
If you would like guidelines as
to method I can send you a clear, step by step guidelines (like a
“blueprint” or a “recipe card”) for a nominal amount.
In fact for $20 I will send you a
"ready to paint" geometric construction on good quality
watercolor paper along with clear instructions (and online support
if required!). Supply your own paints and brushes!
I can reproduce any particular
idea as a new Object - i.e. a material product - as many
times as requested. Although the base blueprint - the "architect's plan" - remains the same
(reserving the right to tweaks, improvements and further
modifications), the experience of creating will hopefully always
vary, and therefore so will each object.
This can be a lot of fun - the
differences in the results based on circumstances and "accidents"
can often be more fascinating than exploring new ideas! The
reproduction of an existing idea will result in an original
artwork based on established principles. I reserve the right to
declare particular ideas "closed" if I have genuinely
moved on! (In this case I will mark them as "sold")
Let's say a flat fee of $100 for
any of these ideas as an original completed painting in gouache on
good quality paper (unless priced otherwise).
One of my future projects is to
try oil. I imagine this will work out quite a bit more costly!!
Exclusive ownership of an original
Idea? Well I'm
not sure that's either technically possible or morally acceptable!
However I can vow to “break the
mold”, hand over copyright on a particular idea and never pursue
it again myself for a suitably exorbitant sum – but think
about what you're doing!
Original commissions are always welcome – send me a puzzle, a philosophy
or some color preferences and I'll see what I can do!
Geometry is very close to the "ideal" world, but it is also a natural processes that even minerals "understand". It seems a shame for rational human beings to keep these forces locked up in an a place (which has become scary for many) called fortress math. Nature seems to have such fun riffing on these ideas!
The geometric appearance of music is particularly interesting to me. A Chladni Plate can change your life!
The most fun is to start playing with this stuff yourself! Then you can discover your own patterns!
Most of the drawings here are easily within the grasp of middle school students, where this is an important topic in Waldorf/Steiner Schools. If you want to have a go but aren't quite sure there are many great books available or you can probably find a Waldorf teacher in your area.
If you have an idea(l) I would be happy to help you develop it. There is endless potential for murals, tiles, architectural details etc.
My personal interest would be to develop mathematical concepts into acessible and aesthetic games and activities.