Art Madness!

“People in Glass Houses…”
March 1, 2009, 9:45 am
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… Should send me photos!


I have been aware of this type of artistic construction for years, and have always wanted to give it a try.  The basic concept is that you build an exterior wall that is made from whole colored glass bottles.  Mortar (a cement and gravel/sand mixture) is used in between each bottle to keep them in place and stabilize the wall.  When the sunlight hits the outside of the wall, the view from within is a beautiful combination of colors and shapes.


I love the idea of using recycled materials to create a usable space for friends and family to enjoy that is colorful and unique.  This style of construction doesn’t have to used for large scale building projects, like the living room shown above.  You could create a small wall in your garden, or fill one window of your house, or the end of the sun porch…  Thanks to Vitreosity for these images.

Another thought, bottles might not be the only material you could use.  What else is out there that would create an interesting surface for an enclosure wall?  What about using old pottery, mirrors, tiles, etc.  It worked for Nikki de Sant’ Phalle, check out her beautiful sculptures that are covered in recycled and found materials.



MC Escher in the Real World
February 28, 2009, 12:18 pm
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We all love and appreciate the art of MC Escher, whose unique artwork often fools the eye of the viewer. What makes Escher so interesting is how the images are made of shapes that blend together and interlock. Check out this example, called Bird Fish Sky.


Thanks to a friend, Jackie Gimson, I have a great comparison from the natural world! She sent me a link to these photos of a group (flock?) of migrating sting rays that create a formation very similar to the interlocking shapes of an Escher work. This is what the Madness is all about!

Update (3/1): A large group of sting rays is called a “fever”!  No kidding, look it up!

Welcome to Art Madness!
June 24, 2008, 6:16 pm
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I painted this while on vacation in the Adirondacks

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