If I wanted to copy the source photos I use to make my koi pictures, to make even an extremely accurate copy of the complex image captured by the camera both the fish and the water as they are frozen in a moment of time, with the myriad facets of atomized color, I could easily do it using any number of rational methods, as for instance using grids;  but interpreting the image is what I want, and the distortions that I introduce from my observations, both my deliberate changes as well as my “mistakes” offer so much material to explore, and so I resist the temptation (admittedly it is weak) to reproduce the photo in an exacting way. 

The photo already exists; why copy it?

But even if I did use a grid to transfer the image, and I may do that at last — I have done things like that with other works — within each of the small squares, I tell you, all the same freedom to muse and to invent still exists.  You can introduce the distortions at whatever level of detail that you wish, in every little square.

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2 thoughts on “Distortions in the Spacetime

  1. It just keeps going doesn’t it – to smaller squares – a bit like fractals or the humunculus in our heads (does he have a little man in his little head, and so on). Is that a new Koi painting? It is lovely as usual – very lively that one.

  2. I totally agree with you with regards interpreting rather than going with realistic copying. I’m attempting to go down a similar road and finding it hard to break with old habits. Well done with this painting!

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