Solstices/Equinoxes Work-In-Progress

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Solstices/Equinoxes

Work-In-Progress

Solstices/Equinoxes was completed in December 2016. You can follow the progress here.

Project Overview

These are the main questions that I posed for this project:

  • How do the colors of the creek change throughout a day?
  • How does the colors of the creek change over the year?

Procedure at the creek

On the solstices and equinoxes of one year, I spent the entire day from before sunrise to after sunset at the gauging station of Watershed 2 at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Beginning precisely at sunrise, I took a photo of the creek bed in ten minute intervals until sunset. I placed my white rock, like a secchi disc, in the middle of the creek bed to give an indication of the clarity of the water. Two images were taken each round: the first image included a color checker, the second was without.

The system

Each image was color corrected using the neutral gray of the color checker. Then, using a midpoint f-stop, the image exposure was corrected to compensate for the exposure needed for the camera to capture an image that was neither underexposed or overexposed. The goal was to create a more precise pattern of the light changes throughout the day.

After the corrections were made, I sectioned off the images using a 5 x 8 grid. One point was plotted in the area of each gridded space and a color sample was taken from the correlating spot on each photo.

The paintings

Each season has a set of 3 panels: The two end panels are 40 x 18 in. Forty colors of the first three hours are painted on the first panel and forty colors of the last three hours of the day are painted on the third panel; The middle panel of each season is also 40 in. tall, but the width is variable depending on the number of hours in the middle of the day.

The white bands in the paintings are colors taken from the white rock.

Solstices/Equinoxes

January 17 – May 14, 2017

Roger W. Rogers Gallery

Willamette University
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 6pm

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Solstices/Equinoxes: Work-In-Progress

Work-In-Progress Spring Equinox Solstices/Equinoxes: Spring Equinox, 40 in. x 77 in., Oil on 3 wood panels, 2016 Solstices/Equinoxes Project Overview These are the main questions that I posed for this project: How do the colors of the creek change throughout a day?...

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Empathy

Empathy Part 5: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Sitting at Watershed 2 Sit in the forest for a day with no agenda. Swim naked in the creek. Sleep under the stars. The only thing that is required...

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Faith

Faith Part 4: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Lookout Creek on the Winter Solstice I don’t have faith in many things at the moment. This year, so far, has been one of those years to shake most of...

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Wonder – Why is the world so beautiful?

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Story

And Notes for the Art Science Convergences at OSU Panel Discussion Story Part 2: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Ambient: October 11, 2014, Between 10:55 AM and 3:42 PM; Watershed 1, Lookout...

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Patience

Patience Part 1: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson 200 Year Log Decomposition Study Patience is at the essence of the log decomposition study at HJ Andrews. Mark Harmon began the study of forest...

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Silence

    "He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words." Elbert Hubbard Silence has been on my mind lately, especially when I am in my studio painting. Without silence there is no music, no prose, no composition. It is only...

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