Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Molecular Barn Dance

When I was a boy, my brother-in-law took me and my dad to visit the mile long Stanford Linear Electron Accelerator. It blew me away. Not literally, or I would be little floaty bits of dust.

Since then I have often played around with circular images. I find them provoking and comforting. Circles are a continuum. They are everywhere. Atoms, molecules, the pupils of your eye, Charlie Brown's head, planets, the sun, wheels, B.B's, pancakes etc.

A collector in Switzerland has the original of this painting. I had Swiss chocolate, a Fuji apple, and Ugandan coffee for breakfast. That's sort of circular...

8 comments:

storyqueen said...

Circles are comforting....especially Charlie Brown's head! I always feel a bit bad for old Chuck at this time of year. Oh, how I would wait and wait until the Peanuts Halloween Special would come on the television! And, then I'd feel so bad for Charlie Brown, always getting a rock. How could grown-ups do that to a kid?

One of the first "heads-up" that life just isn't fair...........

Kitty said...

You got me thinking about circles as I was eating my breakfast this morning. They're such a natural shape - not like squares or triangles, which usually only come manmade. They say, though, that if someone can draw a perfect circle freehand it's a sign they're insane :)

Martha Brockenbrough said...

And then there's that book "The Dot." Love that one...

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Shelley, that's funny, but you're right: Peanuts did give us a heads up that life ain't fair. Lucy was so mean to Charles.

O.K., Kitty, now you've got me nervous. Can I draw a perfect circle? Or am I intentionally messing it up? I think that if you worry whether or not you're nuts, then you're not. Nutsos don't have a clue. It's like Bob Wiley said in the movie,*What About Bob* "If I fake it (Tourette's syndrome), then I don't have it..."

Yes, indeed, Martha, *The Dot* is a yummy book.

jesse joshua watson said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE that one scene in the Jeff Bridges movie, Fearless, in which it shows a overhead view of artwork he has been collecting or doing. It in amazing. Has always stayed with me. Tried to find it on Youtube but I suck at that so I have nothing to post but my memory of that great scene.
clunk.
;)

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Jess, you were the one who first turned me on to that movie. Great movie and that scene with the circle imagery *is* mind blowing.
Thanks for reminding me of it.

Kat_RN said...

You just earned another follower. Love the "Molecular Barn Dance" and the posts about your walk. Best of all is your attitude. I look forward to reading more.
Kat

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Thanks for visiting, Kat. I loved your site as well. We don't get to use the word antebellum around here, but your antebellum home looks glorious.