Category Archives: Computer Design

From one World to another



There is a new exhibit of art at the Barcelona Restaurant & Bar – Columbus in German Village. The imagery Larry Hamill is presenting comes from the world of abstract 3 Dimensional Space and is translated into the 2nd Dimension.



The artwork on the walls of Barcelona is a new series of 3 dimensional imagery. In a way it is similar to aerial photography. The various shapes are created and placed on a flat white plane. The “camera” position is moved over the geometric landscape until a pleasing vantage point is selected. Low res renderings are done until the composition and light sources have a interesting visual resonance. At that time a high resolution file is rendered. 15% of the sales of this artwork will be donated to the German village Society.Barcelona_Panorama2-LR Barcelona-2Barcelona-1A different World of images is currently on display at Giuseppe’s Ritrovo Restaurant is in the city of Bexley at the corner of Drexel & Main Streets. This artwork concerns the interaction of Symmetry  and Asymmetry in older communities.

Looking Eastward on Reinhard

Looking Eastward on Reinhard

Looking Westward on Deshler

Looking Westward on Deshler

The did a wonderful job of printing and stretching the canvases for both exhibits.

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Visual Thresholds

Bryce software opens new ways of thinking about 3D space. To be able to add material qualities to shapes such as color, texture and reflectivity further adds to the creative possibilities. Just as in painting, one creates rough 3D sketches before committing them to days of rendering. This art form requires a seriously fast Mac.

Mirror Images Reflect New Views

Looking Eastward on Reinhard

Symmetry implies a sense of balance.  The images in this post deal with symmetry found in spatial relationships and reflections or what Wikipedia calls patterned self-similarity.

Looking Eastward on Frankfort

These images present a unique view of German Village.  Reinhard Avenue forms the northern border of Schiller Park, while Deshler Avenue forms the southern border of the park.

Looking Southward on City Park

The repetition of a hat in many of the images harkens back to days when everyone, male or female, wouldn’t be fully dressed without a stylish hat to bring a sense of symmetry to their ensemble.

Looking Westward on Reinhard

Other various anomalies are incorporated into some of the images to encourage the viewer to explore the work in depth and experience a new understanding of visual contrasts.

Looking Westward on Deshler

Looking Eastward on Deshler


On November 16, 2009 I posted (on Facebook) a photo of an oil painting I did years ago, based on a Native American tale. My friend Joan asked me “Where does the trail go?” That’s when I realized I have been traveling many trails of artistic expression through out my life. Since then I have been on the trail trying to find out where these various pathways will lead.

A few days ago I checked my Face Book wall, only to realize that I have posted over 800 images since I started this series of images, which includes paintings, drawings, ink wash, photographs and Photilations – a phrase I coined alluding to the blending of photography and illustration.

What I’ve come to enjoy about this process is that each day I spend some time contemplating what might appear tomorrow. I hope you enjoy this small sample of this ongoing visual journey.

3D Space: The Final Frontier

Geometric shapes, color, light and shadows come together in this image intense post of Bryce imagery.  Time disappears while working in this conceptual 3D environment and we think time will disappear for you as well as you sit back and allow yourself to be immersed in The Final Frontier.

3D Gems

If the above image looks like a diamond encrusted road leading up to a modern day Emerald City, you’d be half right.  It’s actually one of master goldsmith William A. Weidinger’s latest jewelry creations.

With technology once reserved for the movie industry, 3D Matrix software has moved from the silver screen into all facets of design. And the technology that made snow scenes in The Polar Express sparkle like diamonds, the Cheshire Cat’s emerald eyes glow in Alice in Wonderland and brought children’s toys to life in Toy Story is anything but child’s play.

By designing virtual 3D jewelry on-screen, Andy Weidinger is helping his father craft a new niche in high end jewelry.  The design’s computer file is output to a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) device like the Revo CNC Mill shown below. The 5 axis mill cuts horizontally and vertically, creating a dimensionally accurate model from a block of wax.

There is something to be said for precision in fabrication. “Achieving perfect symmetry is the goal,” says Weidinger.

3D technology may have cast a new light on an age old industry, but if you visit Bill at his store in Grandview, you’ll still find the master goldsmith seated at his bench examining recently acquired uncut gems, while dreaming of a stunning setting yet to come. Just don’t tell him he’s not in Kansas anymore.

To view more jewelry designs by William and Andy Weidinger please visit

New Worlds Found at Bexley Library

This past Sunday marked the opening at the Bexley Library of an exhibit of photographic prints and computer generated imagery I’ve created over the past few years.

Images shown here were created with a 3-D software program named Bryce.  Named after Bryce National Park in southern Utah where land, sky and rock formations merge, creating a near fantasy landscape, this fractal geometry software allows me to create imaginary worlds by merging shapes, planes and refracted light.

I’ve been using Bryce since its inception in 1994.  What I like about this program is that it gives me an opportunity to explore 3 dimensional forms, the relationship of elements in space and the effects of multiple light sources within that space. Being able to give shapes optical glass attributes and then project rays of light through them fascinates me.

Another technique is to create a sphere with etched glass qualities and place a spherical light source inside it. The patterns that are then projected onto other objects take on a quality that reminds me of Rune-like writing. I have titled some the prints Cuneiforbs – a variation on Cuneiform, the earliest form of writing.

Considered to be the earliest documented form of written language and expression, Cuneiform was comprised of over 500 pictographs and symbols and was invented in Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium B.C. The language continued to evolve for thousands of years as scribes used sharpened reeds to etch characters formed by arranging small wedge-shaped elements together onto clay tablets.

The piece below is the result of a natural occurrence of fractal geometry. This is the magnification of a 6-inch section of ice that formed on my studio window last February. I took five exposures of the window pane and then stitched each of those images together in Photoshop.  The end result was printed onto a 75-inch piece of canvas and then stretched over a wooden frame.

The exhibit runs through October and can be viewed during regular library hours. The exhibit also includes nature photography by Laurel Talabere.