The essays that can be accessed from this page have been transferred from a blog entitled 'Art Talk', which was active between 2009-13. The original entries can be seen at The blog was set up by a scientist and an artist to encourage people to talk about creative relationships between art and science. The proposition was that a scientist measures relationships between objects in the existing universe. The artist discerns such relationships and restates them in highly personal clarified forms. Science is about discerning a pattern of function in ideas about the objects and their relationships. Art is about discerning a pattern of being in ideas about objects and relationships. Both scientists and artists are engaged in understanding' the universe – the one using mainly intellect, the other using mainly emotion. Both of them make extracts from the universe. Both use the terms truth' and 'beauty' to describe the quality of their discoveries. What causes them to extract a fragment of the world is the love of the pattern. The artist presents it to us purged of its functional trappings, as a thing admirable not because it works but because it is. Love of the spiral of a nautilus shell is common to artists and scientists. It is the inevitable result of the growth of the shellfish. Scientists have discovered the laws of growth from which it derives its own mathematical formula. But the same spiral in a work of art is there merely because the curve pleased the artist's eye. He may have guessed intuitively at its mathematical basis, but his only excuse for using it is his delight in the curving line it makes.

As the blog developed it became more of a meditation on the relationships between art, culture and ecology.

It is now continued in the picture blog 'Wonderful Things' at


Intent and process in creativity

Beauty and the system of making art

Zig zagging into abstraction

What is real?

Art and spiritual intelligence

Making a Little Bang: the art of poetic transfiguration

Associative play makes a good painting

Creativity: an artist's journey

The spaces in between

Space in time

Inventing a symbolic language

Bridging seeing and knowing

Language reality and image

Common ground

The spaces between: geology and art

The 'space' of naming

Worlds within worlds

Neurophysiological illusions; perspective and colour

Microcosms of imaginative awakening

An essence of Indian art

Aesthetics of entropy: a venture into process-art

Painting and planting flowers

Oneness through contemplating many

Pictures before words?

Deconstructing landscape