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Caddo Lake Has a Problem

Bill Correll

Caddo Lake in the Fall is a stunning palette of color. Christian Seidler captures the personality and feeling so well in this striking image.

Caddo Lake in the Fall is a stunning palette of color. Christian Seidler captures the personality and feeling so well in this striking image.

What’s green and slimey, and sucks the oxygen out of the water and the sky?

Kermit the Frog’s singing voice?

“Miss Piggy” doing a cannonball?

(Jim Henson is rolling in his grave.)

No, NO!

No...

The threat is Giant Salvinia, a water weed that originates in South America.

Salvinia Molesta, aka Giant Salvinia came most likely came by unsuspecting boaters into the waters of Caddo Lake.

The plant is deadly to the lake because it chokes off all oxygen below and above the surface, killing fish, birds and native  plants.

Giant Salvinia weed that seems harmless,and even  pretty at first, but then becomes a monster, doubling in growth at a rate of every 2 to 4 days.

At least 5,000 acres of Caddo Lake are already strangled by Giant Salvinia, since it was first discovered in 2006. The plant has also been found in 18 Texas reservoirs.

It would be harmless more or less in its own natural habitat, but this is foreign to the lake’s agriculture, and so it becomes an overgrown plant seeking to survive and thrive in Caddo Lake's cold waters.

What can be done?

A giant fence was erected about 2 miles long in 2007 in an attempt to prevent the fast-growing weed. But in 2008, Hurricane Ike  battered much of the fencing and scattered the Salvinia across the lake anyway.

Still, education and awareness aid in prevention.

Brochures were created to alert visitors to Caddo Lake and instruct boaters on how to check their boats and trailers for possible contamination.

Boaters are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their boat, boat trailers and equipment off whenever they leave an area, and to avoid using infected boat ramps, where most of the Giant Salvinia infestations are found.

Though Giant Salvinia is the worst threat, and the most recent invader, there are other plants that threaten the ecosystem: Alligator weed, Hydrilla, and the Water Hyacinth, which has been on the lake for 50 years.

Environmental officials are experimenting with methods to eradicate these threats. They’ve tried torching with 2,000 degree heat, spraying herbicides, mechanical harvesting even releasing plant eating beetles which can only survive the warmer temperatures. But all of the other methods have failed to get rid of the threat.

Luckily, their scientific name being Salvinia Weevil—the Giant Salvinia is the only thing they will eat.

Hope they are hungry!

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Resources:

Watch this video for more

Giant Salvinia—A very wicked plant VIDEO link

 

About ChristianSeidler.com: Not only is Christian Seidler the developer of Matricism, he is an accomplished and highly sought after portrait painter. Over the years, he has built a sizable body of work that ranges from portraiture to Realism and Matricism. His master works are nothing short of amazing. For information on buying or consigning, ChristianSeidler.com.

Intro to Caddo Lake, Texas: The Most Honest Lake in Texas

Bill Correll

For the Blue Heron, part of Caddo Lake series Christian combined Impressionistic Realism with Pointillism

 

The New York Times called it the only honest lake in Texas.

What else would you call a body of water that gets its nickname “honest “for being the only natural body of water in Texas?

What is Caddo Lake?

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, and Caddo Lake is no exception.

The Lake is a mixture of freshwater waterways and swampy bayous covering over 25,400 acres of land, and is split halfway between Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana.

It is home to hundreds of plant, fish and bird life.

Perhaps it is most famous for its 400 year old majestic Cypress trees whose roots stretch deep and steady into the murky waters.

Year round, campers, boaters, and tourists infiltrate the lake’s surrounding towns and take part in exploring the watery forests.

It’s a place of beauty, mystery and history.

Caddo Lake is one of the many scenes Christian Seidler was inspired to paint, and in 2008 Christian began his work on his Caddo Lake series ™ paintings.

But it wasn’t just for trying new forms of art, or based on his intense study of the pointillist technique made famous by French painter Georges Seurat, but that he too fell in love with Caddo Lake.

“It was a magical place and made me feel I was going back to ten thousand B.C.,” he said on his website, Matricsim.com.

Christian felt it also gave him the perfect subject to explore a range of color theory.

“Matricism is easy to learn; you create for yourself a map to follow, but the physics of color is extremely challenging and fun.  There are endless combinations of color to explore; compliments, tri compliments, etc.”

He found all these color opportunities –and Matricism’s challenges--in the colors of Caddo Lake.

“Every color has a vibration like a single note of sound. Different color dots placed close together creates harmony with multiple frequencies, just like in music.”

It took Christian 2 years to perfect his Caddo Lake series, started in 2008. He made the Caddo Lake series available to the public in 2010.

 

Quick Facts about Caddo Lake:

·      The acreage can fluctuate to as much as 35,000 acres due to flooding in the surrounding areas.

·      Legend has it the Caddo Lake (French name is Lac Caddo), gets its name from the Caddo Indians, or Cadoans, that lived off the land for a century.

·      The lake was formed from an earthquake in 1812.

·      The lake gets its water from Little Cypress Bayou, Big Cypress Bayou, Black Cypress Bayou and Jeems Bayou.

·      It is also known as the only body of fresh water in all of Texas, and the largest in the south. There are a few open areas of the lake especially towards the Louisiana side and a dam in Mooringsport in Louisiana.

·      Best time of year to visit?  Some say its March/April when the dogwoods are in full bloom.

Caddo is great for fisherman.  Several different types of bass, catfish, and pickerel and others.

Some popular bird species in the area include herons, ducks, geese, swans and cranes and loons, and others. There are several amphibian species, and plenty of wildlife.

What’s the best way to see the lake?

Locals say the best way to see the lake is by boat. Either rent your own boat, or sign up for one of the many lake tours available. It’s great for bird watchers, boaters of all kinds, even those who love water sports, but do not forget to watch out for alligators!

 

Reference:

New York Times article

Audubon Video Tribute

Caddo Lake prints here

 

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About ChristianSeidler.com: Not only is Christian Seidler the developer of Matricism, he is an accomplished and highly sought after portrait painter. Over the years, he has built a sizable body of work that ranges from portraiture to Realism and Matricism. His master works are nothing short of amazing. For information on buying or consigning, ChristianSeidler.com.

 

Connecting the Dots: Matricism vs. Pointillism

Bill Correll

Strings of dots are the basic building blocks of the Matrix expression.

The term Matricism, developed by the artist Christian Seidler derives from Pointillism, a neo-impressionist painting style invented by French painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886. Using three individual components of color—value, intensity and hue—matricism involves multiple elements of a design that fuse into a cohesive visual statement.

Matricism’s root word is matrix, which means:

Something written or from which something else originates, develops or takes form.

In this post, we want to help you further understand matricism, and then we’ll compare it to pointillism.

First, let’s compare matricism to another art form: music.

This is what Christian says about his process on his website, Matricism.com:

 “We [artists] fused verbal expressions with mathematical expressions or equations into a written form. We “score” color like a composer scores his music with notes on lines indicating audible tones.”

In music, notes are first heard in a musician’s head and then displayed on sheet music to be shared with the public. The composition becomes a formula that when played by anyone, creates the same sounds the composer had in mind.

3 music notes together make one chord. When this chord is played, your ear is “tricked” into hearing one sound. It has to listen more closely to hear the individual three notes that make up the chord.

The same rules apply to your basic color combinations:

Blending yellow with blue makes green.

Blending red with blue = purple.

Red and yellow = orange and so on.

Similarly, in pointillism dots of color are placed directly next to each other to “trick” the eye into seeing one color.

A yellow dot placed next to a blue dot looks green, for example. Placing dots of color next to each other, instead of blending them on the palette first, and then applying to the canvas, results in more vivid colors. Not to mention more texture and depth for the overall painting.

More depth and texture? Now we’re getting closer to clarifying the difference between pointillism and matricism.

Evidence of the Unseen

Where pointillism helps the eye to see vibrant color and movement, matricism helps the eye to see the unseen movement—or energy-- that exists around us.  Christian displays the movement of this energy throughout his images, which give the paintings even more depth and layers, as well as display evidence of what is missed with the human eye.

You could almost say Christian helps us to see the composition of matter-atoms, molecules, and other forms of energy, kind of like those dust spots that show up in photographs.

On his website matricism.com, he says: “After painting objects all my life, I could now paint ideas about love and fear, forces like the wind, or the effects of a bullet ripping through the air. I could create complex statements about the cycle of life and death, or in the process of learning and invention. This was a very new world for me in the last 20 years it has also become for students around the globe.”

Pointillism vs. Matricism: an example

In George Seurat’s painting The Circus, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Circus_(Seurat)), or Le Cirque, to give it its proper French name, there is movement in the painting: the live action of the clowns, the female dancer balancing on the horse’s back, even the excitement of the crowd can be felt and seen.

In the below image, there is movement too. There is a movement of light above and toward the figures, and they are reaching for it. Christian used 9 matrix layers to create this Five Megans (also called A Gathering of Angels) where he focused on the atmospheric movement through patterns of texture. His desire was to give substance to the presence of God, (the ball of light) while saying something about the child within us that comes to know and love Him.

 

 

Image of 5 Megans, also called A Gathering of Angels, http://www.ChristianSleider.com

The Goal of Every Artist

Perhaps the goal of any artist is to come up with new and original ideas that help our eyes see the world a little brighter, and to help us see and understand what the shapes and angles, forms and patterns mean, and that the details are just as important as the end result, (and no more important than the big picture).

Art becomes science when a technique or formula is developed for another artist to recreate the same technique, just like a musical score.

Matricism is a process of layered decisions: decisions of color, values, intensity and hue. Thus, Matricism can more accurately be defined as the technique used when programs or formulas are developed to create a desired visual statement. It’s the next level. If you will, matricism picked up where pointillism left off.

Do you agree?

View Christian’s Pointillism gallery: http://www.christianseidler.com/pointillism-gallery/

View gallery of Christian’s Matricism in Steps:

http://www.christianseidler.com/matricsm-in-steps/

and

http://www.christianseidler.com/in-the-details/

 

C. 2017 Correll Enterprises. All rights reserved.

About ChristianSleider.com:

Not only is Christian Seidler the developer of Matricism, he is an accomplished and highly sought after portrait painter. Over the years, he has built a sizable body of work that ranges from portraiture to Realism and Matricism. His master works are nothing short of amazing. For information on buying or consigning, ChristianSeidler.com.

“We exist in God’s light.” --Christian Seidler

Bill Correll

Hello from ChristianSeidler.com! We hope you are experiencing the freshness that comes with this New Year.

Whether this is your first, tenth or 100th visit to ChristianSeidler. com, we wanted to share with you a little more about the artist and his movement.

The Artist on a Quest

Artists are born, not made.

Does an artist develop based on genetics or environmental influence?

When Texas painter Christian Seidler first read this statement in book by author and Robert Henri, founder of the Artist Student League of New York, in Henri’s book The Artist Spirit, he set out to prove it false.

 Is an artist born? Or made?

It wasn't until discovering Matricism--a new art form based on the principles of pointillism--which Christian realized:

Perhaps Henri’s statement was more philosophical--and complicated-- then Christian made it out to be.

Henri was right. Artists are born. But they still need to be developed. And that can take years. The timing depends on something bigger than each of us; something unexplainable. Whether karma, destiny, or God's will, there is a time when an artist blooms. 

This began his second quest.

Christian invented Matricism.

In that too, he overcame a challenge. He had been told often by his dad that no other art forms could be created; everything had been done already.

What is Matricism?

Matricism = Color based on science, rooted in the word matrix.

No, we're not talking about the popular sci-fi film from the late 1990's!

From Merriam –Webster:

 

Definition of matrix

Plural 

Matrices

 Play\ˈmā-trə-ˌsēz, ˈma-\ or 

Matrixes

 Play\ˈmā-trik-səz\

1.   1:  something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form

 

To social butterflies, a matrix is a group of close-knit friends. 

To an electrician, a matrix is the crossing of wires.

To a chef, a formula of which foods or recipes go well together.

In simpler terms, a matrix is a grid.

Matricism –the art form--derives from Pointillism, a neo-impressionist painting style invented by French painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in 1886. It is a style of painting that uses three individual components—value, intensity and hue—to fuse multiple elements of design into a cohesive visual statement. Essentially, it’s a marriage of Christian's studies in art and science.

"Matricism is the entire process which encompasses every criteria by which the various components of the design decisions are made — the where, the how and most importantly, the why a given element is placed where it is."

The most profound difference in Matricism is in the details; it's scientific, as well as aesthetic.

On a flat block of canvas, Christian communicates hope and grace. He combines   emotion, composition, color balance and natural elements. He attempts to describe the indescribable, and to make visible the unseen. Something not so easy to do on a 2-dimensional canvas!

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 “…And if a painting communicates, it’s a success, and if it speaks volumes, it may be a masterpiece.”

-Christian Seidler

 

What’s ahead for 2017?

You can expect to see more updates here at the ChristianSeidler.com blog, where we'll explore the art, science and philosophy of Matricism and some of the inspiration behind many of Christian’s paintings.

Christian Seidler’s paintings are thought-provoking and beautiful, and what we believe is the better an understanding you have for the technique of Matricism, the stronger an appreciation of Christian Seidler’s paintings or other art work you’ll also have! 

As we leave behind 2016, we thought we’d remind you just what Matricism is, and how art and science complement each other through Christian’s amazing paintings.

 

C. 2017 Correll Enterprises. All rights reserved.

About ChristianSleider.com:

Not only is Christian Seidler the developer of Matricism, he is an accomplished and highly sought after portrait painter. Over the years, he has built a sizable body of work that ranges from portraiture to Realism and Matricism. His master works are nothing short of amazing. For information on buying or consigning, ChristianSeidler.com.