Fibonacci intersecting nature and art

For me, the archetypical example of the intersection of art and science (and math) is the sequence of numbers commonly called the “Fibonacci numbers.” By definition it is the sum of the previous two numbers in a series. So, it gets started with 0 and 1, and then picks up speed. Next is 1, then […]

4 Essentials for Drawing

Techniques include drawing with fingers or charcoal, applying pigment with ‘brushes’ made of hair or moss, and blowing the pigment on a stencil …with, for instance, a hollow bone.

Cursive writing. No longer relevant?

Cursive text from a journal my grandfather carried through Europe in 1900…the same paintings, sculpture and churches I visited more than 100 years later. Seeing the text in his own hand is powerful. Can I absorb more of my grandfather’s personality by the energy and grace he conveys through his cursive?

John Singer Sargent and Carrara marble

I was on a train this summer rumbling past Carrara, Italy, and saw these huge blocks of marble. I couldn’t resist taking a couple of photos from the train window. Seeing these awkwardly stacked massive cubes of marble and knowing that this is same place where Michelangelo got his chunk of marble for David, and […]

More on Collaboration. Add Courage and Paint.

To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage. Georgia O’Keeffe Linnea Maas is an artist in two-dimensional media who collaborates with paint and courage as a member of the band Marvelle in Minneapolis. The band describes itself as “a new sound from Minneapolis, thick arrangements for a sparse trio” consisting of violin, […]

Collaboration and Participation

Collaboration and Participation These are hot words in museums today—how can museums engage visitors? How to share both knowledge and experience via participation? These words suggest exuberant sharing, anticipation of cumulative strength, and perhaps naive fearlessness. Yet, correct design of the collaboration is vital for success. Nina Simon, a museum visionary and independent museum consultant, […]