Painting Science

20160219_155904I’ve been gone from this site for a long time. I’ve been teaching science full-time, and I’ve been (among other things) having fun with painting science. Since I updated the header image (left), I thought I’d better explain a bit of what is going on with it.

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-3-20-50-pmFirst, if it looks at all familiar, that is because I stole the composition from Composition VIII by Kandinsky (right). He had synesthesia, which means that he saw sound, and decided to paint it. Yes, his was much, much better.

But I had a lot of fun with it! I turned his big white angle into a normal distribution; turned the big red and black circles into the coordinates of Earth as written on the voyager space craft; and tried to fill it with a number of other nerdisms. Leave a comment if you can identify any of them!

I’ve also been getting into painting with chaotic pendulums:

unnamed-copyI plan to make a video about them soon, and I recently did a Science Slam about Chaos in general. In the meantime, I post some of those photos on instagram, so feel free to check those out. Here is one, to get your appetite wet with paint:

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Cheers for now!