Description Oil on canvas. 40' by 30'. November, 2014.I started this painting as an abstraction. I started out with those four fat lines that weave over and under each other. And then I wanted to decorate the sectors of the canvas that the lines made. I was thinking I might emulate an Aboriginal Australian painting, or painting of an aerial view of crop fields as in Wayne Thiebauds paintings of the California Delta region. For the longest time, my painting reminded me of the works you see hanging on the walls in art schools. Unfinished, harsh, dissonant, with the paint colors right out of the tubes. I kept at it, layering on the tints and shades, blending, toning, and glazing. Finally the painting seemed warm and harmonious to me. But it still needed something. At this point I needed a cover painting for the new edition of my old novel, 'Mathematicians in Love.' So I decided to use this new painting. Theres a scene in 'Mathematicians in Love' when my characters are driving along the coast of Big Sur, and a giant flying alien cone shell is following themI think her name is Rowena. So I added Rowena and one of her smaller friends to the painting, also a tiny image of my characters car.
Rudy Rucker, Los Gatos, California Member Since February 2007 Artist Statement Rudy Rucker is a well-known science-fiction novelist who enjoys painting surreal scenes that are often related to incidents in his books. He paints a lot, and he doesn't always fill in the details of his works when he postss on the Imagekind site, but you can learn all these details on his Paintings page --- www.rudyrucker.com/paintings --- which includes larger images, a catalog with notes on the paintings, and a price list for the original canvases. Further information about Rudy’s activities can be found on his photo-illustrated Blog --- www.rudyrucker.com/blog