The Atlas Of Dreams - Color Plate 102 by Richard Maier

The Atlas Of Dreams - Color Plate 102 by 

As this image neared completion, I kept having a couple of lines from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Rime Of The Ancient Mariner” go through my head whenever I looked at it: “Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs / Upon the slimy sea”. These sea monsters may not have legs, but I’d wager that they’re slimy enough. The swirl of colors in the image also give it an oily character, which works well with some of the next lines from “Rime”: “The water, like a witch’s oils, / Burnt green, and blue, and white”. And red, and gold, and blue in this case… Oddly, while Gustave Doré did illustrate the “Rime”, I took this particular engraving from his illustrations for “Paradise Lost” instead. But hey, you can’t fault the guy for wanting an excuse to draw sea monsters. Sea monsters are awesome… well, unless you’re at sea. And anyway, he put some angels up in the sky for relevance to the work he was illustrating.

“Color Plate 102” combines an engraving from Gustave Doré’s illustrations for “Paradise Lost”, an image from Landsat 7, and a “spin art painting” created by my father, Gus Maier.

“The Atlas Of Dreams” is an ongoing project started in 1999. Each plate is composed of several different images combined to create something greater than the sum of its parts. Source images include historic engravings, NASA photos of space and the Earth’s surface, abstract images, the artwork of my father: Gus Maier, and of course my own artwork – recycled and reused. Watch out for stray butterflies, fish, snakes, and other animals…

While having a strong background in photography and traditional printmaking, Richard Maier has mostly worked as a digital artist since the mid-90’s. His abstract and non-representational work tends toward a lush color palette and stark design, often filtered through the lens of chaos and noise. The natural world, as both the microcosm of biology and the macrocosm of space, is his favorite subject matter. He strives to create art that is both visually pleasing and intellectually fascinating.

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  • spr041
    spr041over 3 years ago

    Dreams yes and so cool

  • spr041
    spr041over 3 years ago

  • Thanks Bob! It’s an honor to be featured again!

    – Richard Maier

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 3 years ago

    Congrat’s on your FEATURE in Abstract Art For Sale by Exceptional Artists!


  • And of course, thanks to you too Debra!

    – Richard Maier

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerabout 3 years ago

    an amazing work of art, the colours in the mix are superb!

  • Thanks Solomon, this one did end up with an especially colorful palette at the end!

    – Richard Maier

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