I LOVE talking about blocks, studying blocks, and playing with them in Photoshop... I am always on a quest for great blocks and trying to figure out what makes them so great ... So I started this companion blog that will be devoted to this quest. But also check out my regular blog at http://olderrose.blogspot.com

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Hats off to Gayle

You have to see Gayle's inspiration piece to see how clever her design solutions are on this Artist RR piece sent out by Margreet in the Netherlands.

The subject is the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian,  known for his abstract use of primary colors and black lines. Margreet limited the colors used to the three primary colors and black and white.... no greens.. Gayle then did some research. The musical symbols are obvious but I want you to notice what is NOT so obvious...

 She chose this painting by Piet Mondrian, Broadway Boogie-Woogie   It was completed in 1943 after he moved to Manhattan.  Compared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into a much larger number of squares and a departure from his black grid. This painting is inspired by  the city grid of Manhattan, and the  boogie-woogie music  Mondrian loved . 

The painting looks to me like one of those electronic grids tracking traffic movement..

And that is what it must have looked like to Gayle as you can see an aerial photo of traffic on the left and her choice of unique seams on the right.  She not only captured the feel of the traffic she captured the energy of it... Now is that clever or WHAT????

Hats off to Gayle on this one!!!!

The painting is still in New York at the Museum of Modern Art. 


  1. That is just awesome and I totally LOVE your block discussions Gerry! Thank you so much for showing me this on in particular as I liked Gayle's block but was not sure how it fit with Margreet's DYOB topic. You did an awesome job with the description.

  2. As an almost newbie to CQing, I am really enjoying your Block Talk posts, and hope I can learn from your skill and experience. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.