Taking The Mickey

Theo does quite a bit of “Taking The Mickey” in his art. 

Here he takes the mickey out of Andy Warhol’s, 1981, Quadrant Mickey Mouse/Myths.

Taking The Mickey
Taking The Mickey, Digital image

The Collins English Dictionary has these definitions:

The Urban Dictionary has this definition:

Taking the mickey

Joking, doing something without intent.

Making fun of someone or something.

A less offensive way of saying taking the piss.

This Way Up

Which way would you hang (or wear) this art?

ThisWayUp, digital image

The orientation of the image is important. To ensure maximum viewing pleasure place this side (with the image on it) so that it faces the audience. Placing the art so the image faces away from the viewer may make it difficult to see.

Available as prints, apparel and other formats from CafePress,  Sociey6 and RedBubble.

My Dictionary & Theosaurus

My Dictionary & Theosaurus
My Dictionary & Theosaurus, digital image

I was fascinated by the dictionary as a child and I especially enjoyed reading the abbreviations section. Here are some of my definitions for abbreviation, acronyms and mnemonics.

North & South

The Land of Confusion - North and South
The Land of Confusion – North and South, digital image

Another in The Land of Confusion series, North & South highlights places in the world with North or South in their names.

Vitruvian Stained (“Lumo” Vitruviano)

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a pioneer of the hospice care movement, said

‘People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.’

Vitruvian Stained (“Lumo” Vitruviano)
An imagination of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man as a stained glass image

Ten to talk about in hushed tones

Ten to talk about in hushed tones
Ten to talk about in hushed tones, digital image

Featuring rectangles from the following works:
Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci, 1517)
The Scream (Edvard Munch, 1893)
The Starry Night (Vincent van Gogh, 1889)
The Last Supper (Leonardo da Vinci, 1498)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Johannes Vermeer, 1665)
The Creation of Adam (Michelangelo, 1512)
The Persistence of Memory (Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1931)
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Georges Seurat, 1886)
The Great Wave off Kanagawa (Hokusai, 1832)
Guernica (Pablo Picasso, 1937)

3 dominates π

3 dominates π, digital image

This work attempts to show the significance of the starting digits of pi. [Zoom in hundreds of times on the SVG image above to see all nine of the circles]. Over short distances, it is the 3 that dominates.

C = π2r

So for a small circle you can roughly approximate the relationship between the circumference and the diameter (2r) as three. You will be wrong, but only .14159265359… wrong. Round it to 3.1 and you are less wrong (.04159265359… wrong).

Pi is irrational, not like a two year old having a tantrum, but in the mathematical sense where it cannot be represented by a ratio (fraction) because it has a infinite non-repeating decimal expansion. With infinite digits after the decimal point, the best we can do is approximate pi to the number of digits we know. [Currently pi to about 12 trillion digits has been calculated].

For calculating the distances and sizes of far off galaxies, the decimals of pi take on more significance and more precise estimates of pi are needed.

So how much pi is necessary? In Scientific American’s blog: How Much Pi Do You Need?, the answer is 32 significant digits for use with the fundamental constants of the universe and 15 or 16 for everyday things like space station and GPS navigation.

Happy pi day!

Peaces of pie

Peaces of pie
Peaces of pie, digital image.


To celebrate pi day (3.14.15), I have created a couple of pie related images – Peaces of pie and 3 dominates π.

Later today I will make a lemon meringue pie.

Happy pi day!

Fifteen Hastings

Continuing the Land of Confusion collection, here is Fifteen Hastings, dedicated to my sister and her family who currently live in one of the Hastings.

The Land of Confusion - 15 Hastings
The Land of Confusion – 15 Hastings, digital image

Thirty Seven Woodvilles

The Land of Confusion - 37 Woodvilles
The Land of Confusion – 37 Woodvilles, digital image

I grew up in the town of Woodville, in New Zealand where my ancestors were some of the first settlers. They had emigrated from County Tipperary in Ireland where there is also a Woodville.

My Woodville is a junction town, and there are many road signs around the North Island of New Zealand pointing to it. My father would often say that all roads lead to Woodville. With at least thirty seven places named Woodville globally he has a good chance of being correct.