This unfinished piece is one of my earliest on-screen creations. It’s about 10 years old now. I’m showing it here and now for a couple of reasons.
First, lately I’ve been asked more questions about my art in terms of meaning and such. Frankly it is much easier for me to talk about that in the bigger picture context rather than in any one piece. However, that can be a bit like opening Pandora’s Box, even though it really revolves around a simple truth, “There are no lines in nature.”
By the way, this painting up top is simply called “Hmmm”.
It is meant to be a playful statement – more like a question – and it is about nature. It’s also about science. The scientific method came about as a different way of observing nature. As it can all get quite complicated, it can also be easily forgotten that the essence of the activity is really that simple. Perhaps the thing that disturbs me the most is that it can easily be forgotten that it is only one way to observe nature. The only thing more disturbing is when someone claims that it is the ultimate or superior or “only true way” to make these observations.
On the more positive, playful side of things, “Hmmm” represents a lot of fun I had in wondering how nature observes us, doing all our science, as represented by the pie chart. Thanks for stopping by.
This is so vibrant, and makes so much impact. I wish you’d finished it, but I also understand why you may never — it could be like some of the first stories I wrote, which now feel as if they came from a different me.
Thank you, and I agree that it should be finished some day. I’m actually sure I will and sooner rather than later. My style has come a long way since I did “Hmmm”, so wish me well in not screwing it up! I wouldn’t want to have to change it to “Huh?”.
Actually I can’t do that, unless I change the title of another painting as well. ha ha