Experiment 2023.1 #8


You might expect the spirals to rush towards, or emanate from, a black hole or point of infinite depth in the center. In fact, that is something I would normally do. Here I have put some dots and holes at that focal point.

This represents the evolution of the universe, the center is the origin. In the distance past the fundamental forces where unified, over time one than another split off and became a separate force. Each time this happened the universe underwent substantial macro changes.

OK, I made that story up after staring at the image trying to figure out how I felt about it. I put the holes and dots in the center just to do something different. Initially it felt out of place. But after the origin of the universe analogy, it felt perfect.

Experiment 2023.1 #6


Here is a “chop and paste” version. Each “puzzle piece” has a different brightness.

I have three monitors on my computer. Each from a different manufacturer. All mid-range, no bargain basement or super high-end. The image looks different on each monitor. The center monitor, where I do most of my work, is the darkest. Features show up in the black areas on the other monitors.

When I noticed this, I spent way too much time trying to adjust the monitors, trying to get some consistency. No success.

I choose not to waste thoughts, philosophical or practical, on what is the “true” image. Or what it means when you and I are likely seeing different things.

Experiment 2023.1 #3


A dash of color is added to the previous image.

The color is independent of the underlying shape. By that I mean there were two distinct steps. First creating the black and white image Experiment 2023.1 #2 and then adding the colors.

The color is added digitally. But you could image putting random colors on a transparency and then laying the transparency over the b/w image.

Experiment 2023.1 #1


This is the first piece in a series of experiments to enhance simple monochrome shapes. The starting points are similar to the items in the previous series Monochrome Minimalism.

Here, and in most of the posts that will follow, I use spray paint effect to add texture to the too-smooth shades in the simple shapes of the previous series.

The spray paint variant was not the list of experiments described in Monochrome Minimalism #2. But it is an easy, gentle way to get started messing thing up.