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I thought it would be fun to just thread a bit about a particular piece - today "Transition to Chaos" #sciart #thermodynamics #order #klee #abstract

It's in my online portfolio here:…
"Transition to Chaos" is part of my "music and Machinery" group of paintings, which started from some experiments with geometric "mechanical" patterns of warmer, cooler, darker, and lighter shapes - while at MIT . The early ones looked more like "gridlock", but in pencil
Here's a link for prints of Gridlock. The original is currently leased (if that's of interest, talk to abby "at" turningart "dot" com)…
and a detail that really evokes those earlier pencil drawings (I'll try to find one)
The original is currently leased (if that's of interest, talk to abby "at" turningart "dot" com)…
After MIT I was in Corporate research in the Chemical Industry (Akzo, now Akzo-Nobel) and then to PhD program at UMass Amherst. At MIT I had access to a shared studio for painting, but after there was about a decade where I had space for work on paper only. Things like these
Working on paper developed my sense of line and form; and ideas about color. Color is more blendable and less distinct in an oil painting than a drawing or pastel painting. chiaroscuro vs color interaction and contrast - color has an identity on paper. pastel left, oils right
When I created "Transition to Chaos", I was working with the potential of oils for blended versus juxtaposed and layered color, and also trying to figure out how to use oils capabilities to extend the mechanistic pattern ideas that resonate for me. For example, Elastic dialog
However, Transition to Chaos started off as a blended abstract expresssionism inspired "color" painting - one that just would not gel. Here it is.
My Dad was also a painter, and while I lioved at home, he could be a bit overbearing about "Abstract Expressionism is the ultimate form of painting". I'm not an Abstract Expressionist, despite occasional lapses in that direction. Geometry and nerdiness assert themselves
There was a point when I realized that flowing organic abstraction could work well for me - but as a layer, not as a complete piece. In pieces like "Transition to Chaos" that layer informs the geometries painted and sculpted on top.
Patterns from brushed, blended and manipulated paint in the lower layer are "regularized" in the geometric impasto painting overlay. A complex texture is overlaid with related pattern of lines and little squares. Blended color is broken into overlaid component shapes ...
This idea - taking an "organic" expressive abstract layer and overlaying bits of geometric discretized versions of the color and brushwork - is a common thread in many of my paintings, especially the allusive and geometric #sciart that I paint.
I believe it defines the hard-to-define appeal of some of my abstract painting. The ideas - simplify, "digitize", enhance contrast, reveal pattern - are drawn from data handling, which is probably why the resonate with #science types, even though they don't depict lab stuff.
I believe this is where the vibrancy of paintings like "Transition to Chaos" comes from all these ideas going into the visual brain. It's not just the "colorful" aspect. I could show you lots of "colorful" things that just aren't as engaging.…
I'm going to finish the thread with titles, specs and links for the pieces used as examples in the thread. You've seen a detail from "Emergent Order", here. Oil painting on canvas, 24"w x 36" h - original available, also prints. info here:…
There's a gallery of my "transition to Chaos" style work along with some artist notes on my website, here:…
(click "more notes" on the website page if you like to read the full notes)
Song of Solar Fusion - previous post in thread - 18x24 in oil painting. Sold, but prints are available here:…
A color juxtaposition based on yellows rather than muted tones
Gridlock 48"x48" oil painting is currently leased (if that's of interest, talk to abby "at" turningart "dot" com)
Atoll, 18x24 in pastel on paper (fixed). Available, but not yet listed. Message or reply or mention me to inquire.
Journey, ink on paper, approx 6x8 inches. Original was sold ages ago and I have not listed prints ( I can - inquire by message, mention or reply tweet). Early 90's
The Enticements of Futurism, 18x24 inch pastel on paper, fixed. Original available, not listed (inquire). Prints also not listed, but I have a good file - just ask if interested.
9x12 inch oil painting, late 80's. Available - inquire
Rite of Spring. Sold Original, prints available at link:…

18x24 in oil painting - another example of the regularized geometric layering over an organic Abstract Expressionist style painting.
Elastic Dialog, 20 x 24 inch oil painting, original sold. Prints available here:…
Found the print link for stairway, here:…
The precursor to "Transition to Chaos" was called "Soul of the City". The original is painted over and became Transition to Chaos. I also showed you another painted over piece "Altercation between Grape and Eggplant" They aren't available.
Altercation between grape and eggplant was painted over to become "Fluttering Indigo, which was sold. Before and after images
"Alien Reply" 12x12 inches, oil on linen, available (inquire).
Better Mousetrap, 12x16 inches, oil on primed masonite panel
info and links here:…
Music of the Spheres, oil on canvas. Available.
purchase original here:…
Green Functions, 12x12 inch oil on linen
Info and purchasing links:…
Lost Papers and Urban Plans, 24"wx36" high oil on canvas.
Info and purchasing Links:…
Emergent Order oil on canvas, 24"w x 36"h. Available
Info and Purchasing links:…
Dance of the Gauge Bosons in Vacuum. 36"h x 48" w, oil on linen. Available.

Info and Purchasing links:…
Listen 12 x 12 in oil on linen, available

Info and Purchasing links:…
And I found the Link for "Alien Reply" - no need to inquire!…
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