Tesserarian Art;

May 1, 2010 - Reading time: ~1 minute

which sounds enticingly inscrutable and esoteric, simply refers to the practice of gambling.



December 15, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

She of the whirlwind; the stormy one; storm swift.



November 11, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

(inspired by a typo)

Chinese numerals;

October 11, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

zero; 零
one; 壹
two; 貳
three; 叄
four; 肆
five; 伍
six; 陸
seven; 柒
eight; 捌
nine; 玖
ten; 拾


October 6, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute


Martlet: old name for swallow.
Hirondelle: French for swallow (Arundel).

Little bird.

Catalan Ocell;
Italian Uccello;
Occitan Aucèl;
Old French Oisel / Oiselet; pron. oa-ze-lei


September 4, 2009 - Reading time: ~1 minute

"moving billow of water," 1526, from wave (v.), replacing M.E. waw, which is from O.E. wagian "to move to and fro" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German wag, Old Frisian weg, Old Norse vagr "water in motion, wave, billow," Gothic wegs "tempest" see wag (v.)). The usual O.E. word for "moving billow of water" was . As for "billow", it is attested from 1552, from O.N. bylgja "a wave," from Proto-Germanic bulgjan, from Proto-Indo-European bhelgh- "to swell", or "to belly".

Etymology aside, I believe that what attracts me in waves is that they are the essence of everything a painting is not. They are never still. They are a continuous challenge composed of exquisitely fleeting instants. Every second is a provocation of sorts, a chaos theory conjugation of elements -- light, water, wind, current, shore -- that can never be properly captured.

—John Howe