batalay (34109) 2011-05-19 09:09:56Good rowing technique is best illustrated int this shot of Princeton's National Champion crew having just emerging from under a bridge. The oars are flawlessly synchronized, as the rowers are at "catch" postion, a split second when they've squared the blades and are about to drop the oar blades into the water.
batalay (34109) 2011-04-10 09:44:25From exactly the opposite side I produced years ago an ink sketch of the Cathedral — wearing my cap as artist, instead of scientist. The buildings in the foreground belong to the College of Preachers.
batalay (34109) 2011-04-10 04:00:05Finally, a shaft of light is seen illuminating the lower left of the wooden frame. It would have been easy to eliminate it. But good art requires an “unsettling factor,” something that causes a little bit of annoyance or distraction. That is precisely the reason I left it in the picture. In the workshop, I am presenting the same view with that shaft of light removed. I would be grateful to have your view on the photo I’ve posted, or the version in the ws?
batalay (34109) 2011-04-08 13:18:57The magnificent Baroque Era building depicts the Wren Building, and the view of the River Cam is provided by one of the wrought iron gates below the building. Built in 1693 to Sir Christopher Wren's design, the building, with its massive windows, maximizes the light in pre-electrical days. The library houses rare books and manuscripts from before 1800, including most of Isaac Newton's own collection of books and papers.
batalay (34109) 2011-04-05 21:31:06Highly evocative of Biltmore's spiral case seen from the outside is the Hertford College, Oxford University staircase. Both ultimately are inspired by similar staircases in Chateau de Chambord Palace in the Loire Valley.
batalay (34109) 2011-03-17 13:02:35The portrait I created of Lord Rees features for the background the portrait painted of him (to hang either in Trinity College, Cambridge or the Royal Society of London). Lord Rees is prominent as an extraordinarily gifted astrophysicist, the Master of Trinity, Astronomer Royal, and the recently retired President of the Royal Society (Newton had served as the President of the Royal Society for 23 years, early in the 18th century). The setting was in his office. (I met Martin Rees on four other occasions — at Oxford in 1973, at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, on the occasion of the Einstein Centennial in 1979, and at the Aspen Institute in 2005, marking Einstein's "Miracle Year," and at Trinity College last summer.)