Letting Nature Paint Its Own Colors

Letting Nature Paint Its Own Colors

“The pen moves across the earth: it no longer knows what will happen, and the hand that holds it has disappeared.” - Paul Auster

The beauty that comes from chance and chaos captured by two artist whose work is hardly their own, but more of an account of witnessing nature. If you've ever wondered what the wind would paint if it could hold a brush, or if you like the aesthetics of a bug's path crisscrossing the earth, you might share a similar mindset as these two artists and enjoy the colorful work that comes out of their artistic explorations.

Tree Drawings by Tim Knowles


The work attempts to make visible the invisible, be it the movement of the wind traced out onto paper by a pen suspended from a buoyant helium balloon, the path drawn by the moons reflection on undulating water or the forces at work within a car as it drives over the Alps. As with the work of Roman Signer, an action, movement, or event produces the art work.

Bug Art by Steven R Kutcher


"I'll take a bug in my hand and, leg by leg, load the paint onto each leg," says Kutcher, 63, from his Los Angeles home. The bugs -- flies, cockroaches and beetles -- are then let loose on a prepared canvas to scratch out their "masterpieces."

A keen environmentalist, Kutcher ensures his paint-soaked insects are unharmed by the ordeal. "I use water-based, nontoxic paints that easily wash off," he says. "I have to take good care of them. After all, they are artists!"

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I love the pictures of the trees at an easel; there's just something whimsical about them.
Oh, I love these!
beautiful idea
I really like the bug paintings!
awesome :D
Wow! Those bug-made paintings are amazing! Who knew?
Wonderful! Steven Kutcher's creativity gives a completely new meaning to the term 'art bug'. Just wondering...
Do certain families, genera, or species of of insects tend to make characteristic types of patterns (i.e, linear, branching, circular, spiral, amorphous blobs, etc.)
Do the patterns made by same-species males and females differ noticeably?
Does temperature, time of day, or season affect the patterns an insect produces?
Are some bugs better with oils, while others prefer acrylics, water colors, or pastels?
Do his bug artists get paid minimum or union wages, have lunch or snack breaks, or have to follow EPA and OSHA regulations?
Wow, that is awesome! Bug paintings sound a bit creepy, but still very cool.

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