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Ingres Serenades The Memory Of His Late Wife's Youth by Donald Langosy

Ingres Serenades The Memory Of His Late Wife’s Youth by Donald Langosy

Walking into the studio of artist Donald Langosy is like venturing into a secret garden soaked in light and shadow.  At first, all that one can do is gaze at the surrounding forest of color-filled canvases in all sizes.  Then the individual scenes emerge, often mysterious, sometimes dark and yet filled with light and motion at the same time.  By his subject matter, it is clear his passions for family, friends and for the artists across the disciplines who continue to inspire and influence his work.  The drama, the intensity and indeed the mischievous humor, come through each piece.  Last year I asked him how music influenced his work (view here).  This year I asked if he’d share an update on recent works.  Thankfully, he shared these images and the following words about what’s new, his creative process and where he finds goodness and beauty in this world.


Here are recent paintings as requested.  The Titania Paintings are from my Shakespeare series:  Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This is an ongoing series of 50″x42″ canvases that were actually painted end of last year.

Titania Sleeping by Donald Langosy

Titania Sleeping

I thought [the above painting of artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres serenading his young wife] would lead into a series showing artists with their model/muses and so I began …

Mr. and Mrs. William Blake in their Garden Reading Paradise Lost by Donald Langosy

Mr. and Mrs. William Blake in their Garden Reading Paradise Lost

“... but my intentions veered with …

John Milton Composing Paradise Lost by Donald Langosy

John Milton Composing Paradise Lost

… and now I find myself beginning two large canvases that will deal with thoughts that have emerged out of the garden of eden…

And as for Mr. Langosy’s muse, his wife, Elizabeth…

Celebrating Elizabeth Turns Fifty is a painting that has been buried in my stacks for over a decade…it now shines over my shoulder as I work… reminding me that while evil and ugliness might have its moment it is rejected and fades… but goodness and beauty, an eternal delight,  endures….

Celebrating Elizabeth Turns Fifty by Donald Langosy

Celebrating Elizabeth Turns Fifty by Donald Langosy

Learn more about this artist at his Facebook page, The Art of Donald Langosy.

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As I prepare this post, I sit in a hotel room in Dublin, Ireland.  Rain falls pretty steadily.  The air is chill and the sky is the color of smoke.  I should be cold and grumpy and yet I am warmed and made cheerful by the fractal images of Robert Grzybinski.

I was first introduced to Mr. Grzybinski at a company picnic.  Somewhere in the course of our brief conversation, as I talked about my photography, he shared that he produced fractals.  Well, if you follow this blog at all, you know how much I love shapes and colors.  I asked if he’d share some of his images with me, and thankfully, he agreed.  He also shared the creative process and inspiration behind his work.  It is my pleasure to share his words and images with you.  Enjoy! 😉

How do you create these images?  I use an ancient MS-DOS program to make them. I give the program a bunch of input parameters, and it generates some output, which usually doesn’t look like much. After that the process is a lot like looking at a microscope slide — zooming in, moving around, looking for the interesting bits. You never know what you will find; it just continually amazes me what is hidden in that space of pure mathematics. Then I compose the image and assign the colors, which is sometimes the hardest part.

What’s the difference between these two images?The first image (“emboss”) is kind of a classic fractal – curvy, self-similar, spirally (spirals are very common in fractal patterns).  It has a kind of sculptural quality.  The second image (“treez”) has a spirally character too, but is made up of angular shapes and is completely flat, like something made out of cut-out paper.  I especially love the confetti-like background.

How did you choose the basic algorithm for each? The fractal program has a bunch of built-in functions.  From experimenting, I know very roughly what kind of fractal each one will produce.  “emboss” was made from one of the built-in functions.  The program also gives you the ability to write your own functions, and I have had more fun and mostly more interesting results doing that.  The functions are not very complicated, but it is just amazing to see the complexity that results from a few simple lines of code.  “treez” was made from one of my own functions.

How many free parameters do the functions have? Depending on the function, there can be up to four or five numerical parameters.  It’s usually not obvious or predictable what these parameters do.  You have to just stick in some numbers and see the results.  There are also many other settings that change the way the image is calculated.  Again, you need to play with these to get a feel for what they do.

How did you choose the colors? The programs uses an indexed color system, where each region of the images is represented by a number.  You then apply a palette which maps a particular color to each number – so to change the coloration, you just apply a different palette.  I created a lot of different palettes with different characteristics (cool, warm, subtle, contrasty, etc.).  Sometimes I know what effect I am going for, but sometimes I just try a lot of different palettes and hope something serendipitous happens.  “emboss” is an example of that.  It was an interesting pattern, and I knew there was something there, but it didn’t really work until I hit on the red/gold palette.  Then it just popped out, like something embossed in gold foil.

What inspires you to create new images?  What inspires me most is the sense of exploration.  It’s a lot like looking through a microscope at a drop of pond water, or maybe exploring the depths of the ocean in a submarine.  You just never know what weird and beautiful things will show up next.  In a sense, these images already exist somewhere in a mathematical space, and I am just using the computer as a tool to discover them.

View an expansive gallery of Grzybinski Fractals via this link.  For more information about Mr. Grzybinski’s fractals, you can contact him directly at cha.otic[at]earthlink.net.

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