Saturday, July 23, 2011

Perennial Curiosity

I loved the quotation in this week's IF prompt:

“A good scientist is a person in whom the childhood quality of perennial curiosity lingers on. Once he gets an answer, he has other questions.” ~ Frederick Seitz

I think artists tend to be the same way, don't you?

This curious specimen grew out of the painting I'm working on (with a few changes).

Photoshop, text & acrylic textures. Please click to see details.


  1. he , it is really very curious ! Good scientist has to look in all directions and search for the absolute truth! I like all these perennial eyes!

  2. Hey Leah, I am v ery glad you are posting again, you are one of a kind, your work is medieval, victorian and patinated - all at the same time. I'll get (M. Ambroise Vollard to get in touch!

    PS medieval, victorian and patinated is a compliment

  3. Would love to have one of these lovely specimens in the garden. Have any extra seeds?

  4. Stunning! I love the colors and composition!

  5. Thank you, all!

    Art, the local botany class often stops by my front garden to identify odd species, weeds & such, & while I am honored to serve the progress of science, I always feel very embarrassed to have a crowd minutely scrutinizing my usually-rather-scruffy-&-overgrown garden. It would give me a mischievous thrill if they were suddenly to find this specimen scrutinizing them back!

    Andrew, I quite relish being called medieval, Victorian & patinated.

    SL, I think this plant would be right at home in Macabry's cozy little plot! But be careful-- it's a bit invasive & you may find seedlings eyeing you from unexpected places.

    Ashelymarie, thank you so much! I worried that this one might be a bit unbalanced, but then you could say that about a lot of my work. %}

  6. ...can't go wrong with eyeballs. Love it!

  7. Invasive is ok--all we've got are dandelions and I wouldn't mind crowding some of them out. The roaring gets irritating.

  8. I like the composition. Makes me think that the eyeballs are reaching to see what else is out there. Love this :)

  9. Ooooh that's my kind of plant.... it would be right at home with my perennial! Curiouser and curiouser!

  10. This seems to have multitude of meanings, great work!

  11. I love how replacing berries with eyeballs adds such an other-worldly dimension!

  12. Thanks, all!
    Elizabeth, as you may have noticed I'm an eyeball-drawin' fool, so you know I agree!
    SL, I'll be sure not to send my ear plants your way, as they might go deaf.
    Linda, yes, those are definitely novelty-seeking eyes.
    Roberta, it just so happens that this plant has thespian ambitions, so be careful what you say!
    Sasa, thank you, I often feel my paintings make up their own meanings without me.
    Sarah, I definitely wouldn't want to replace your yummy blueberries with eyeballs!

  13. Wonder what these plants do at night, what they see? Do they sleep? Close their eyes?