The Laws of Nature

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Laws of Nature



The Law of Reciprocal Action
by Katharine A. Cartwright
watercolor on paper
26" x 20"

Today, I'm posting the first painting in my new series entitled "The Laws Of Nature." This series is an exploration of the fundamental laws of physics that govern the universe and our technology. These paintings are created entirely from my imagination with no reference material. The importance of this new series to me is one of personal interest because it melds together the two professions of my life: scientist and artist. I enjoy exploring the complexities and aesthetics of the natural realm and, here, consider man's attempts to harness the materials and energy of nature.


Happy Holidays, everyone!

26 comments:

Carolina Moon Arts Studio said...

Amazing Kathy!! Very intriguing both your art and your statement!
Happy Easter to you also.

Kaylyn said...

Oh this is very intriguing! I love gears and cogs and finely machined bits and parts! This is not a glance and go painting...I'd like to sit with it in a cozy spot for a good while.

Nancy Goldman said...

This is so amazing. I love the complexity and color shifts. These are my favorite types of paintings because I can look at them forever and keep finding exciting nuances. I can't wait to see more in the series. This looks like it took forever to paint.

Ross Lynem said...

Wow! Awesome painting and to be just imagined as well. Fabulous work.

hwfarber said...

Seeing the beginning of a new series is exciting. Beautiful painting.

Tonya Vollertsen said...

Very exciting. You are so thinkish and thoughty! I Look forward to seeing this series unfold.

Teri C said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Mark Sheeky said...

Now that's a masterpiece. You must paint a 2x4 metre version! Well, if you have the time... and paper! This is brilliant. I want to see the whole series!

-Don said...

Wow, Kathy! This is wonderful. I agree with Kaylyn, I need to get in front of this beauty for a good spell to take it all in.

It's like you've channeled Leger, Boccioni and Joseph Stella while taking it to the next level! Sweet!!!

-Don

Kathy said...

A BIG thank you to each and every one of you for your generous words of encouragement! This means a lot to me, and I'm happily working on #2 in the series.

-Don said...

While I was posting my comment my wife, Laura, walked by and said "I LOVE IT!". So, there you have it...

-Don

PAMO said...

JUST STUNNING!!! I always love your color story. This series just FEELS like you Kathy. Intellectual, serious, playful, complicated, beautiful, thought provoking. So exciting! WOWWWEEEEE!!!!! Thank you for sharing it here.
Happy Easter!

JRonson said...

I wanna see the others paintings from this new serie, just beautiful and dynamic work :)

Margaret Ryall said...

It's just perfect Kathy (she said between scratches)!

It is just the kind of painting that will keep viewers coming back again and again. The layering and colour usage is very inviting. It has energy, complexity and beauty. What more could one want from a painting?

Dan Kent said...

It is so interesting to see you shift to a new series. This is a wonderful piece - so intricate, but accessible too. There's a kind of ordered chaos to it, perhaps because of the geometry. As always, I am amazed at your skill, and that this is a watercolor!

To me this has a kind of "man's ingenuity in harnessing energy" feel, - not just an attempt here, it seems to work: the power of industry, kind of Ayn Rand-ish "Atlas Shrugged". The immense power belies its size.

Kathy said...

Wow -- thanks, again! More wonderful comments. I'm sooooo appreciative of your generosity and encouragement.

Celeste Bergin said...

ZOUNDS! Tour de force.

Eva said...

This is an amazing creation! What is more amazing is your energy. You read, then blog about what you are reading, teach workshops all over the place and then manage to paint these intricate paintings. Unbelievable !!!!

Chris Beck said...

There is so much wonderful stuff going on here -- design, color, textures -- very intriguing and a great start on a new series!!

Kathy said...

I'm "over the moon" y'all! Thank you.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Katharine,

I feel this new series that you are starting is fantastic. What I find incredible is that you used no reference material.

I will be following your progress with eagerness to see where it all leads to.

Wishing you all the very best,
Egmont

Stan Kurth said...

Kathy I'm sorry for being late. I saw this image late Friday and had to give it some viewing time.

This is truly a masterfully painted work which compels the viewer to get an eyeful. As I dig in deeper I'm overwhelmed with the desire to touch and feel these fine objects because they are so perfected, yet I'm intimidated by their razor sharp edges and skin pinching proximity, or even the possibility of projectiles among them (Mamas don't let your babies get to close!) How do they work? What is their purpose? What is their origin? Are they perfected in the mind of a super surreal mechanical engineer? Or perhaps they're emanating from the nouveau techies collective gray matter. Whatever, they are beautiful; they are so wonderfully anodized with brilliant metallic color and coming at you full force with a warning. Look out for "equal and opposite" (the metaphor). A new force of action is upon us and we had better be careful.

This series is important and I concur with Mark; you should do this on a large surface. And I'll bet you were already thinking that.

Kathy said...

Once again, I'm stunned and grateful by your effusive response and encouragement. Thank you all so much.

Mary Paquet said...

Kathy, I am late in posting after a busy Easter weekend.

Beautifully done. I love that you meld your disciplines in this piece. I am in awe of an artist who can develop such a beautiful piece entirely from imagination. Like your other admirers, I eagerly await future pieces in the series. Having seen your egg series, I am imagining in my mind where you will take this series. I have to see if I have any true foresight on this series.

Casey Klahn said...

The yellow! That is an awesome (and courageous) direction - and it is mastered here.

I think of Picabia. I sometimese hate it when people refer to artists they are reminder of - unless its my favorite ones - so please take the compliment. I feel that the reference to work in the Modern period is right down my alley.

You are my hero in this series, Kathy.

Kathy said...

Hi Mary - Thank you very much! I'm working hard on another one :-)

Hi Casey - Thank you for your confidence in my work. I'm not familiar with Picabia and will look him up.