Jellyfish Graffiti

TheRoadsEdge Blog Jellyfish Graffiti

I walk by this pink jellyfish often. It’s one of many pink jellyfishes sprayed on the walls in this particular spot in Carroll Gardens. I like it. It’s simple. The artist sprays just enough to create a pile of pink that then drips down and stops – just – in – time. And there you have it, the jellyfish’s tentacles.

So, one day, nearby in the Ikea parking lot, I saw this round cement barrier. It is one of many. And just like with the jellyfish graffiti sprayer, the rain piled up just enough to make the drips all along the outside. Drips that also look like tentacles. And in this case, the whole cement object is pretty much the same shape as a real jellyfish.

How beautiful is that?

  • A pink jellyfish on a wall. Its tentacles created from paint dripping.
  • In the same neighborhood, rain on a concrete ball.

Originally posted to FB on June 18, 2013.  Your response.

Visual TREat #5.


Abstract Skys

TheRoadsEdge Blog, Abstract Skys

Waiting for a train in Hudson, NY. I looked up from my book to see the sky fully lit and glowing. And it reminded me of a painting I had finished weeks earlier – of steel gray clouds passing in front of an horizon orange with the sun setting. Art, meet life. 

 Originally posted to FB on June 5, 2013. Your response.

Blue Wall Tan Wall (or, color is all around us)

wall colors remain neutral at this specific daylight hour

specific time of day throws a light that changes the tan wall to a blue wall

What light can do. Truly, it’s amazing. Never underestimate it and never ignore it when you’re painting.

I was visiting my brother in South Carolina. He had mentioned to me how the interior walls of his house get light throughout the day and that he couldn’t believe the effects it created.

And how right he is; take a look at these pictures. Both face his stairwell; one in the afternoon and one the next morning. To the left of the stairwell and out of the picture is an entryway with walls lifting all the way up to the second floor in an open cathedral ceiling design. There is a sky light way up there and plenty of room for light to bounce around in.

The first photo is a lesson in basic neutral tones. Depending on where the light’s hitting, the walls go from dark to light. Really sit with them for a minute, though, and see how the gradation from dark to light is so beautifully precise it’s almost scientific. And the more you look at them the more you see how the three wall sections really define themselves by these tones.

Now let’s go to the bottom picture, with the blue wall at the top. That blue is real. I did nothing but get my morning coffee, gasp when I saw that color, and then click the photo. That’s the effect morning light has in my brother’s hallway.

So, the next time you are convinced that the color in a painting is absolutely fake, think about that blue. Artists take liberties, for sure, but nature is just as poetic.