Spherical Perspective: Skidmore Fountain

Here’s a piece from Think Ink, the group show opening tonight at Steele Gallery in Seattle. This image of Portland’s Skidmore Fountain is the first spherical painting where I worked from photo reference. In the pre-digital era (1999) this meant standing at one spot and taking pictures in all directions, having the resultant roll of film developed, and then spreading the prints on the floor and linking them up in various ways to map out the 360° image.

David Chelsea is reading:
Nemesis by Philip Roth

(David Hockney works in a similar way when he creates piecemeal panoramas like this one by joining up photos taken at multiple angles from a single point.)

Reference photos a la Hockney
Reference photos a la Hockney

If you can’t make it up to the show, you can view the sphere (or half of it, anyway) large on Flickr. The next-best thing to being there is viewing an immersive panorama of the piece (Shockwave viewer required). My friend Tom Lechner, whose own photographic panoramas are viewable here, stitched it together from multiple photographs of the original.

This piece plays a starring role in my new book Extreme Perspective! I make extensive use of it in the chapter where I explain spherical perspective to Mugg:

Also in the show: a large watercolor of the Skidmore Fountain scene in equirectangular cylindrical projection (ask me about it; I’ll be happy to explain):

And don’t miss my perspective talk at Gage Academy tonight at 7!

Think Ink

Steele Gallery at Gage Academy Of Art
1501 10th Ave. East, #101
Seattle, WA 98102
Tel: 206 323-GAGE
E-mail: Info@GageAcademy.org
Fax: 206 526-5153

August 5 – September 5
Opening Reception: Friday, Friday, August 5, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Keeping it in Perspective,
with David Chelsea

at Gage Academy Of Art
1501 10th Ave. East, #101
Seattle, WA 98102
Tel: 206 323-GAGE
E-mail: Info@GageAcademy.org
Fax: 206 526-5153

Friday, August 5, 7:00pm