Thinking in Black and White

It’s so hot today that my brain has shut down.  The barometric pressure is moving around and one dog is in panic mode.  Puffy clouds are giving way to darkened skies.  Thinking in black and white. black and white 6What do you see when you look into the spiral energy of what you create?  Seeing it in black and white changes everything.  There is so much more going on in this retro vintage photo than in the color version. There is an exploration of what might that be in the background and what is inside the shadows of those coiled rolls. Questions that remain unanswered and only guessed at.

black and white 4Or here these two paintings together originally shown  in oranges and turquoise now reveal mark making that hints at their titles – anxieties.  Strokes and scribbles and agitations…just like the heat, agitating all of us.

black and white 5Or in this last one where the reverse shows so much more clearly and the small circles and bits of type still remaining make me think of computer code that holds a secret message.  Enigma translation please…for those of you who remember what that is…I never forget because my Mom worked on the  decoding during WWII.

Thinking in black and white and imagining the unseen.

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17 Responses to “Thinking in Black and White”

  1. Jo Murray July 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    We must be on the same wave-length….am in the process of changing my blog to black & white.

  2. Pamela July 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I love black & white since I worked in the darkroom making B&W prints for years. And it is cooler than color. How hot is it? We are at about 61 here in in SF and people are wearing boots and jeans and sweaters….just sayin’……

  3. Karen July 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    wow – what a totally different perspective on those pieces. and how cool that your mom worked on decoding enigma. There is a wonderful exhibit about it at the Spy museum in DC.

  4. Piarom July 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Amazing…I felt in love with your black and white theme thesetimes! They had so much interest and leave place for the imagination…quite wonderful ♥ Conny

  5. Bleubeard and Elizabeth July 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm #

    I, too, was searching for something in the shadows of those coils. it’s amazing what color, or lack of it, does for an image. You have given us some beautiful images that are so thought provoking.

  6. Maria McGuire July 16, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    You really got me thinking with this one. I’m thinking that sometimes we miss the details and just see part of the “picture”. Thanks for making me think.

  7. Lisa Isabella Russo July 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I love these works and words of yours “Thinking in black and white and imagining the unseen.” I too do very poorly with the heat, I just want to sleep until summer is over sometimes… I love the insights that black and whites have, wonderful pieces!

  8. jill eudaly July 17, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    great post! Heat, I too have had enough. I do wonder why the TV news and radio have to keep announcing that we are in a heat wave. I think we figured it out days ago!

  9. Glenda Hoagland July 17, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Amazing concept to view work in black and white. I love it. Makes you look deeper into the work.

  10. Dawn July 17, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    A very intriguing and thought provoking post Corrine, thank-you sweetie. I love the black and white pics, so full of detail.
    Huge hugs x

  11. Kay Wallace July 17, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    I could not agree more, Corrine, with your black’n’white view of art–not to mention the world! As a scrapbook designer of more years than I can now count, I think my most striking layouts have always been in black and white! Dropping the color most often drops the distractions, never the detail! Your pieces today are marvelous and perfect examples!

  12. Judy Shea July 17, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I love that spiral.. make me think of my day with you. Love your thinking here.. B&W.. classic.. and so freeing from thinking colors. I love seeing all the marks and crevices.

  13. Lisa Graham July 17, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Interesting Corrine…Hmmmm. I don’t think the heat really made your brain shut down.


  14. Terrie -Creative Explorer July 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Without color we tend to focus more on the forms, shapes, details I think. This is a great illustration of that cuz these are some seriously cool forms. That coil reminds me of your spiral book (which I’m still going to make)…..

  15. Kim Andersen July 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    I’m sorry about your heat wave 🙁 …. your black and white images describe that feeling exactly … maybe you could go run through a sprinkler?

  16. irene July 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    thanks for the reminder of translating a piece to black and white. it does bring out the unseen and allows the imagination to go to places it may not because of color distractions.

  17. Marjie Kemper July 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    What a surprise to find this post. Love the thinking behind it. Also love BlogLovin’ that I’ll not a miss a one of your posts as I can now catch up on all your work.

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