Rebecca Ing is a self-professed artist, photographer and science geek, and I love her inventive photographs.

Rebecca IngPhotography by Rebecca Ing

Ing was curious about how a layer of oil on water would impact the way an object passes through it.  She used a marble and “a few lasers” . . . I wish I could see her studio and how she sets up these scientific photographic experiments!

Rebecca IngViscous Liquid Sheet Atomisation – Fluid Fishbones, photography by Rebecca Ing

The “fishbones” photo is actually two liquid jets of sugar syrup at a low and high rates of flow.  Have you ever done dishes at the sink and just watched the flow of water?  Sometimes the simple movement of liquid is mesmerizing, and it is beautiful when captured in a moment of time.

Rebecca IngPhotography by Rebecca Ing

Who would know?  What you see are the fumes from nail polish remover bottles.  She uses Schlieren photography for this capture – a process used to photograph the flow of fluids of varying density.

Illustration for a Blue Locks – a short story by Wendy Wagner
photograph by Rebecca Ing

“It is a photo 🙂  I drew all the bits, cut them out stacked them and manipulated them, lit them…and then took a photo.  Mwahahahaha.” – Rebecca Ing

Just when I think she is simply (ha-ha . . SIMPLE? I don’t think so) a scientific photographer, I look through her blog to find the illustration above.  Not only can she wield a camera, but also colored pencils (my guess), and a computer. I find this process very interesting, and I like the dimensionality she created by using all of these methods. See her blog for more:

construction sparkle

The incongruous use of what you might call ugly utilitarian materials become fantastic sculptures in the hands of sculptor Soo Sunny Park.

Soo Sunny ParkCapturing Resonance, Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topal

Park collaborates with sound artist and composer Spencer Topel on this installation, featured at the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum near Boston. Can you guess the material used?

Soo Sunny ParkCapturing Resonance, Soo Sunny Park & Spencer Topal

Chain link fencing is filled with thousands of iridescent squares of plexiglass, reflecting and refracting brilliant colored light, while Topel’s blend of “whispering chords, soft tonal washes, and elongated instrumental sounds” fill the air in a composition that changes as it responds to human interaction.  (from the DeCordova website)

Soo Sunny Park36, Kr-81 (2006), night view, Soo Sunny Park
PETG, cotton strings, black paint, daylight, artificial green light

In her “36, KR-81” installation, Park utilizes artificial light to create an extra other-worldly dimension.  Beam me up.

Soo Sunny ParkMending Infraction (2010), Soo Sunny Park
metal lath, rivets, light

Again in “Mending Infraction”, Park uses rough construction materials in a unique combination with light to create a landscape, pulling my eyes into the curving, reflective paths.It makes you look twice at the everyday world, at how anything you see or use can also be a thing of beauty. See more of Park’s work on her website:

feathers of my own

Yesterday I featured Kate MccGwire’s feather sculptures, so it seems appropriate to feature some of my own feathery works.

Crane Dance by Linda OefflingCrane Dance, Linda Oeffling
Custom wrought iron stand by Will Slagel of Metal Meanders

Sandhill cranes were a rare sight around this area several years ago.  There must be new habitat or different migration or something, because now we regularly see and hear them. According to the International Crane Foundation, they are in fact the most numerous of the world’s cranes.

While calling, cranes stand in an upright posture, usually with their heads thrown back and beaks skyward during the display. . . . All cranes engage in dancing, which includes various behaviors such as bowing, jumping, running, stick or grass tossing, as well as wing flapping. Though it is commonly associated with courtship, dancing can occur at any age and season. – from the International Crane Foundation website

Japanese Crane by Linda OefflingJapanese Crane by Linda Oeffling

Like MccGwire, I am fascinated with bird lore and the mythology associated with birds. Greek and Roman myth tells us that the dance of cranes is a dance for the love of joy, and a celebration of life.  The Japanese refer to the crane as the bird of happiness.

These fused pieces are so fun to watch throughout the day.  They change as the light changes, which makes the art piece something new at any given time of day.

something about feathers

Artist Kate MccGwire’s feather sculptures have made the blog rounds the last couple of years. She creates large, flowing sculptures that can sometimes be on the creepy side as they flow sinuously out of walls and along the floor. The title “Heave” doesn’t help.

MccGwireHeave, 2008, Kate MccGwire

Her use of pigeon and dove feathers is deliberate.  Though they are the same type of bird, common pigeons are often thought of as pests, dirty and feral, while doves are described as symbols of purity, peace, and hope.

MccGwireQuell, 2011, Kate MccGwire

MccGwire originally collected the feathers herself.  When she realized the scale of the sculpture she wanted to create, she began a correspondence with pigeon racing clubs, asking for their trash bins of molted feathers. Now she regularly receives envelopes full of her medium.

MccGwireLure, 2011, Kate MccGwire

 “Design Boom” is featuring some wonderful close-up images that bring home the inherent beauty in the feathers that she uses for her sculptures. Breathtaking. Kate’s website:

from finnish forests of imagination

Once you delve into blogging, it can become quite addictive.  The whole world of opinions, lives, experiences and achievements is brought right into your home.  The best surprise for me is the unexpected friendships made around the world, from comments, or a simple push of the “like” button.  It seems so abstract and removed to view things online, but when people comment and communicate, suddenly it is a very small world.

I met the most interesting gentleman from Finland yesterday who commented on my blog, thereby causing me to go back to view his blog.  And what a treasure!  I am sure that today’s post is just one of the many things I will bring to you that I have found on his site:

It was hard to choose what to feature first, but his personal favorite is the carved wooden art from Finland, so I will begin there.

Photo by sartenadaFinnish Outsider Art, photo by Sartenada

Outsider Art, or Art Brut, is known in Finland as ITE-art. ITE means “Self Made Life” when translated from Finnish.

photo by SartenadaPhoto by Sartenada

I love the rough forms of carved outsider art, especially the forest troll below, mythology come to life.  Trolls are such a huge part of Finnish folklore, there is actually a doctoral dissertation on these little guys. (

photo by sartenadaPhoto by Sartenada

I searched the web for this place, located in the town of Ilomantsi, near the Russian border, but could not turn up much information.  What a hidden gem, about 6 hours drive from Helsinki.  I think I found the restaurant Sartenada has in his photo: Parppeinvaara Bardic Village

Parppeinvaara Bardic VillageParppeinvaara Bardic Village, photo by Sartenada

A remote, special place in the world.  And how many might go there, thanks to the photos of Sartenada!  See more of the carvings here:

juxtaposition of the human hand and technology

I’ve said it before, I am a technology geek.  The precision of computer technology attracts me, yet I also love the abstraction of working as an artist. I recently came across the work of textile artist Suzan Engler, who also has a background in tech and has gone on to focus on her art.

“I love the juxtaposition of the human hand and technology as I create art quilts using digital manipulation, custom fabrics and intricate stitches.”

Suzan EnglerDragonfly art quilt by Suzan Engler

If you go to Suzan’s website: and view her gallery, you can pull up larger images of work and see the beautiful detail. I love the batik dye work in the dragonfly wings, and the details in the eyes.

Suzan EnglerHeron quilt by Suzan Engler

Her nature inspired artwork is wonderful, but she also does some very graphic pieces that are striking.

Suzan EnglerJuicy Pear, by Suzan Engler

Suzan EnglerSuzan Engler

Suzan also writes an online blog about her life, sharing things like project ideas, art shows and sewing tips.  Here’s the link again – worth a visit!

merging of clay and glass

Midwest potter Norbert White often combines clay and glass to create his organic, flowing, pottery forms.

Norbert WhiteChandelier by Norbert White, photo from Studio G blog

He has a talent for combining pottery with glass mosaic that is striking.He takes inspiration from artists such as Chihuly and Gaudi, noting the way they bring free flowing shapes to their work.

Norbert WhiteHanging Lanterns by Norbert White, photo from Studio G Blog

” I am very attracted to their lack of uniformity, the bold colors and their undulating movement.” -Norbert White (speaking of the works by Chihuly, Van Gogh, Duckworth and Gaudi)

Norbert WhiteAir Planter, Norbert White

The Air Planter is formed to represent the element of Air.  He uses mirror and dichroic glass among the other colors of mosaic in this piece.  Visit his website to view more work:

french luminescence

French artist Bastien Carré works with LED lights, creating fantastic constellations of light.

Bastien CarreGrande Astrancia (2008), Bastien Carré

The tiny, energy-saving lights are connected with fine steel wire. The electrical source is nearly invisible, because Carré discovered a way to use the barely visible wiring to conduct the current that brings his sculpture to light. Often this involves meticulous soldering by hand.

Bastien CarreL envolee (2010), Bastien Carré

L envolee, above, is a mobile, with lights slowly rotating in the slightest draft, reinforcing the impression of floating fairies in the night.

Bastien CarreCollection Baroque VI (2011), Bastien Carré

He studied art in Paris and began his career crafting furniture embedded with light. It did not take long for him to gravitate toward focusing on the light itself. See more of his féerique sculpture on his website:  (Féerique is french for magical or enchanting. So appropriate, oui?)

landscapes in a rainbow of thread

The snow has finally arrived here in the Midwest, and I can look out my window to a winter white landscape.  It is beautiful and serene.  With that as a backdrop, I can enjoy looking at some riotous color!

Michala GyetvalDetail of Rhapsody of Colour, 2011, Michala Gyetval

Artist Michala Gyetval is featured this month at the Herbert Gallery in Coventry, U.K., teaching “Landscapes in Threads” workshops.  As a child, she was fascinated by threads and fibers, even creating her own dyes with blackberries and onions.

Michala GyetvalEmbroidered Landscape, Michala Gyetval

Gyetval twists fibres, using thick wool, crocheted cotton, and fine silks to create her artistic landscapes.

Michala GyetvalTextile art, Michala Gyetval

Visit Michala’s Flickr site for a fun explosion of color and design.  The site features finished artwork, but also offers insight into her process. You can view her inspiration in sketches and landscape photography, and also view pieces spread out along her sewing machine and work table.  They really convey a sense of scope and complexity as you view her process in action. Michala Gyetval on Flickr.

gaze into the resin ball

Ok, maybe it doesn’t sound so magical, but it sure looks magical…

Helen PashgianUntitled, Helen Pashgian
cast polyester resin, 8 in. diameter

In the 1960’s, a group in Los Angeles called the Light and Space artists moved away from concrete sculpture into the new translucent materials of the times, resin, plexiglass and plastics.  The way these materials reflected and filtered light opened up new dimensions for sculpture.

The Getty Center has a video online of an interview with Pashgian.  She describes her process, and notes that these spheres and other created shapes are hand-formed,not machine tooled.  She shapes them by eye, then sands and polishes to perfection.

Helen PashgianUntitled, Helen Pashgian

The Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills is featuring some of Pashgian’s latest work, columns and wall sculptures, through the  month of January, 2012.

Helen PashgianUNTITLED #14, 2011, Helen Pashgian
Poured cast epoxy, acrylic frame

I am mesmerized by her work and the capture of light, but it is a mystery how that is done.  Her work looks like it is lit from within, glowing softly, luminescent, yet there is no inherent light source within the work.

Helen PashgianAce Gallery Installation, Helen Pashgian

Visit the Ace Gallery website to view a slideshow of more of her beautiful, translucent sculpture.