…no events can be described with zero tolerance.

—Werner Heisenberg

This concept study used the medium of water colors and pouring instead of painting with a brush. The goal is to remove preconceived pressures, and allow what is internal to be expressed. This can be related to a philosophy of education: not imposing ones will upon children, rather allowing them to explore possibilities. Also, interest is centered in the elves, gnomes, fairies who lived first in the area, and still play in the trees. Let them have a place to still play in the architecture!

    Of course, there is never complete elimination of the painter’s influence; decisions have to be made about every aspect (what colors, how much to pour, how to tilt the paper...) The results are still quite unpredictable, especially in the details. So, the randomness of the pouring technique is coupled with my influence to make something which would not have happened had I taken a paintbrush to the paper. The idea is to let willing and even feeling do some— if, unfortunately, not all—of the creating. Then, the mind can find things that are happening anyway, and develop them, pull them out of hiding. Thus, something new is made, something that has had the opportunity to be before my preconceptions got into the act. It is something which comes not from a one–sided mind approach, but explores the realms of feeling and willing (the mind would otherwise quite happily let the other realms go unnoticed.)

    Can Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle be expanded beyond the limited confines of particles and waves, or energy and time to include the world we live in? How could we know if the reason we don’t see the fairies is not that they don’t exist, rather that we don’t see? The teenagers who will use this high school will, presumably, have attended the elementary school, also. Will they have the same conviction that the fairies [more...]



Above: First concept painting was too messy and rather over worked.


Left: Second concept painting started to show a spontaneity and less control. Images appear out of spilled primary colors. The hope was for these primary colors to mix and create a rainbow of colors.


Over: Final concept study.





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