Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New blog from artist Corrina Wagner

I have been folowing this artist for a little while on flickr and had the honor of being the first of her blogspot followers. I know won't be alone for very long. Please check out her work and if your interested she has a number of prints available see her links to shop for them. I have consistantly enjoyed her work and feel confident you will to. James Leese


She also has a .com at

Mandlebrot Set by Jonathan Coulton video by Pisut Wisessing made in Film 324

  I found this gem on the Reality Carnival the blog of Cliff Pickover
A music video for Jonathan Coulton's song Mandelbrot Set by Pisut Wisessing made in Film 324: Cornell Summer Animation Workshop, taught by animator Lynn Tomlinson every summer for Cornell's summer session, in the department of Theatre, Film & Dance. -summerkitchenstudio


Originally uploaded by jamesleese

This piece was recently completed for a series which is intended to be made into a calendar which means I've got to hurry but check back in a week or two if your interested in owning a copy
Update: The Calender is now ready for purchase check the most recent posts for the link. James

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Carl Sagan Inspired Sunrise

Originally uploaded by jamesleese

Here's a old one inspired by the sunrises envisioned by Carl Sagan
There is a video out on Youtube right now which has kind of gone geek viral which uses the same monolouge from Cosmos to create a truely infectious song created by Melody Sheep here's a link to the video on youtube

or watch it here

I found an Official site for the amazing work of Dr Desmond Paul Henry a pioneer in generative design

I have never seen so much of his work in one place before and it was awesome please check out his highly informative website and beautiful images. One of the giants whose shoulders we all ride there is hardly a area of design which hasn’t been influenced by Dr Desmond Paul Henry http://www.desmondhenry.com/

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Originally uploaded by jamesleese

I was asked why no new posts today, the answer. I've been drawing for two day's straight, right back to the Prismacolors. Which is good, I really like getting to the end of a pencil and I've been there five times in the last two days. The only thing bad about getting done with a drawing spell is the math spell that follows. The math part is where I stare at my sketches and try to describe them as algebra this can take a long time and can sometimes be a path to nowhere at all. Only recently have I begun to go back to those failures and tried the all new approach of instead of wondering why the math has failed me, to look back on the drawings and find where I failed the math in the beginning. This has been kind of a victory, but only due to a very limited form of time travel called revision.

Supersized Saturn Ring

Massive and I mean Astronomically Massive Ring Discovered around Saturn

A ring large enough to fit a 1,000,000,000 Earths was discovered around Saturn. I found this on cnn.com of all places  CNN New Saturn Ring
The article doesn't say anything about the electric universe hypothesis but I'm sure the folks at the Thunderblog will have for us a better explanation than gravitational theory on how this is even possible. I have some ideas but I would love to have their informed though contested (often irationally) opinions on this subject. I have a feeling the answer to this phenomenon is an electrical one. They can be found @ Thunderblog

Saturday, October 3, 2009

All of Spring

All of Spring
Originally uploaded by jamesleese
So if I were to put out an edition of Keats work this is the piece I've often thought would be best. JL

The Inspiration for the name of the blog is this Poem by the writer John Keats. Who in my opinion was the single greatest writer the world has produced. His entire body of work was created in just about four years and his life was ended at the young age of twenty-five. This poem of his is my single favorite piece of writing ever put down on paper (the pre-Bush US Constitution was pretty awesome too) and If your interested in the lives of artists, his is a fascinating story. For a long time this poem was believed erroneously to be his last sonnet. When an autopsy was conducted immediately upon his death the doctor presiding said his organs were jelly and that he should have been dead three months earlier. The romantic notion was of him living purely of his own will for his last days and only finally succumbing to his illness,TB, when the last words were written, with Keats then victoriously meeting death on his own terms. This is not what the facts seem to imply but I still like the story. To people who read his work it was easy imagine someone who so forcefully and determinedly sought out the themes with which he created his writing could just as easily force liquefied internal organs to keep going in order to finish the following piece. James Leese


By John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art---
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors---
No---yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillowed upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever---or else swoon in death.


Friday, October 2, 2009


This recent work in rectilinear forms is actually an old obsession and not a new one as it may seem. The recent spate is all due to some recent insights into memory storage and the concept of the holographic mind which would seem to reduce our thoughts to a collection of energy fields generated from the data stored in our neurons. Now the thing I'm wondering is what that information looks like in its flat pregenerated form, granted this would be a constantly changing image based upon our present thoughts. The straight line from one thought to another as it's traveled will necessarily lead you thought the intermediary thoughts which occupy that space the only reason this is not obvious seems to be the very fact that each thought we have changes the entire map though subtlety but the implications of a model like this becomes profound when the constantly changing map allows you to make brand new associations and find new patterns in old data. This is the only way we really learn anything anyway. In some small way every discovery and thought has the potential to change us and allow us to grow. To be better prepared for reality as it is. I'm still looking for the map. James Leese

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Originally uploaded by jamesleese

So here's the piece which I had originally planned on posting today. This is one of two meant to share the same wall, a big wall. James Leese


Originally uploaded by jamesleese

I've gotten some comments which I am sad to say have far exceeded my own contributions to the world of comments and I am probably due to make a deposit in that particular karmic pool. A good example of this is a short poem I found attached to this image. It’s from a flickr user who goes by the name of Die Brucke and here it goes

that turns
round and round
the colour
and colours
make it sure
of cause
yet you
with total success
the painting
A significant
point of fact.
I hope I’ve communicated with interesting sincerity.
Yet Again I repeat
THE DESIGN ,or painting IS THERE ,BUT ,It isn’t.
thank you

Thank you, Jason for the kind words. James Leese