Monday, October 31, 2016

More synesthesia

Apparently about 1-3% of the population have synesthesia- so it's relatively rare. Also, as mentioned previously, it is related to dyslexia which is genetic. Yesterday I found the first adult I know who also sees numbers as colours. Who? My sister! This is very weird but also very interesting - it seems obvious that there is a genetic connection.

I will ask my older grandsons if they see colours with numbers or if they were just being over enthusiastic when I asked them years ago. They both inherited colour blindness from my dad (through me) but that doesn't mean they don't see any colours. They just can't distinguish between red and green - but they do see yellow and blue and some other colour that none of the rest of us see instead of red and green. They are both excellent artists but do all their work in black and white.

Sunday, October 30, 2016


I see a weird connection between numbers and colours.  I have read that this is called "synesthesia"

It's not that I see the numerals as being coloured. Its that the numerals are also colours. One - white, two - pale red, three - light green, four - soft blue, five - dark blue, six - dark green, seven - light yellow, eight - bright yellow, nine - dark green. After that, the numbers are are just combinations. Zero is black so ten is whitish black, eleven is double-white, twelve is whitish red, thirteen is whitish green. It's kind of hard to explain. The street number for my house is white with blue and black and a bit more white (1401). My parents house in Vancouver was similar but there was was also bright yellow (1408).  I seldom think much about this and have never met anyone who told me they see what I see.

This week one of my grandsons was officially diagnosed with moderate dyslexia. Reading is hard for him right now and writing is even harder. However he is very smart. He can tell long and complicated stories and can assemble a complicated robot in the time I would spend trying to understand the directions. It turns out that there is a connection between synesthesia and dyslexia. Same part of the brain or something.

Kandinsky had synesthesia. Einstein and Michelangelo had dyslexia. "Is that cool or what?" as our astronomy professor from the Teaching Company would say. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Back to triptec

I began to do 2 things to my triptec. I introduced cobalt blue into the purple side and began to blur out the lines that I  had put in to break up the background behind spheres. Right now it looks like balloons. My plan is to gradually ease back into more mauve on this panel then hit most of the reds in the middle panel before making the left panel a bit more yellow and blurring all the lines in the background.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


This checkerboard is inspired by kandinski and is meant to go with Gardener's Dilemma.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A bit more kandinski

Two paintings underway.  Love the colours.

October already

It's October - a fierce October ! The fall rains and big winds have changed our summer landscape completely. I  got a fantastic new computer - with Windows 10, Photoshop and all sorts of new ways to do old things.  I also got a DVT. Now it's warfarin forever. Thank goodness for painting. I just get out my paints and go to another realm. Everything is about colour and light.

I have worked on several paintings over the past month. Here is one I started in the September class with Dennis Brown:

I love it. It is so peaceful. I know I need to do a tiny bit more - but I don't want to loose what I have.

I also revisited Gardener's Dilemma and think it is nearly done - but not quite.
I think I need a few more strategically placed red and/or while rectangles to link it together better but still keep it slight jarring.

I have done quite a bit on on my Triptec. Here are the 3 pieces together plus a close up of the connection between the second and third pieces There is so much more to do but I love the warm glow in my studio.

I have also gone back to Troubling Waters 2 and added a bit more collage - words about plastic water. There was a lot of news about Nestles taking water from a community in Ontario recently.  I thought some actual quotations about the problems caused by plastic water would  add to the aesthetic appeal and to the message:

Maybe Troubling Waters 2 is finished now. I put the most recent iteration on my website because I think it is.

And finally, I started a new series I am calling them "iKandi" because it is inspired by Kandinsky and Dennis Brown's October class.  Mike thought it would be a cool name.

This is the first one. Note how there are outlines and there are blurred areas. This is fun to do and, to me, is reminiscent of Picasso. I think this image is probably upside-down - but that is yet to be finalized.

This is the second one at a very preliminary stage. I plan to make it much more complex. Compared to my other paintings, these are relatively small paintings 12x36.  It is quite wonderful to work on something smaller but no too small.