Overlapping circles with radiuses of 2, 1, and 1/2

What an amazing thing.  Circles with that particular relationship of radius naturally create this most incredible pattern. In concept this pattern continues infinitely in both breadth and scale. Begin with circles with a radius of 1. They naturally overlap to produce a pattern known as “The Flower of Life”.  Overlay circles with a radius of 1 doubled and then again with a radius of 1 halved and you have a pattern that Charles Gilchrist calls the “Glyphmaker”. This halving and doubling could be repeated without end producing ever larger and smaller variations. Go ahead and click it to see a bigger version and just look at it for a while.

Overlapping circles of three related radiuses
Overlapping circles with radiuses of 2, 1, and 1/2.

BVGN at the Magnet Factory

Tonight’s the night! Bay View Gallery Night and Jazzfest. I’ll be showing my paintings at the Magnet Factory with the Bay View Arts Guild. Should be a great time with live music and dancing.

Magnet Factory BVGN 2017
Bay View Gallery Night at the Magnet Factory 2017

15 selected artists from the Bay View Arts Guild (BVAG) will be displaying their expertly crafts wares for sale. You will find paintings, photos, mixed media, metal, neon, jewelry, cards and upcycled furniture. Don’t miss this amazing 7000 sq ft industrial warehouse space and some of the coolest art in the city.

5 – 6+pm Latin Jazz by RUMBRAVA, featuring Mrs. Fun & Luis Diaz.

Join us for Art, Music, Dancing and Refreshments!

The Magnet Factory
2424 S. Graham


Participating Artists:
Mike Brylow – upcycled furniture (host)
Anita Burgermeister – digital & mixed media (co-organizer)
Brian Breider – sculpture and functional pottery
Jessica Browning – mixed media steampunk
Robert Burns – urban photos
Burt Gross – paintings and illustration
Marj Inmann – electric eye neon
Sabrina Jan – mixed media paintings
Andrew Kersting – geometric paintings
Kent Knapp – Milwaukee Blacksmith
Kraco Photography – nature, architecture & kitsch
The Skrauss – far out cartoons and more
MalVy Westbrook – out of this world paintings

Earth in balance – an image from the archives

Came across this image today going through old digital sketches, it is an upgrade I did in 2007 of an image I first painted in about 1992 on a wooden disc about 5 inches wide.  The Earth in my first painted version was very crude, but thanks NASA I could integrate this great image in it’s place.  A wish of harmonic influence for mother Earth and everyone that’s along for her ride.

Earth in balance image
“Earth in balance” is a digital re-creation I did in 2007 of an image I first painted in about 1992. © Andrew Kersting

A recent sketch using a compass

I got a new compass set and wanted to try it out so I got some good drawing board and started at it. Circles within circles in three sizes, which got really complex and challenging to keep lined up.  I used a pen adapter to darken some circles and darkened some other lines by hand. In the end I’d come up with this design that I think is really cool.  I’ll probably clean it up and add color, but I think I’ll also make copies in black and white for people who like coloring.

It is interesting that when viewed vertically it has a distinctly different ‘feel’.  These two views are a connection to ideas of polarity, yin & yang, active / passive, projecting / receiving.

Compass Sketch 2017-05-21 Horizontal
Compass Sketch 2017-05-21 Horizontal © Andrew Kersting


Compass Sketch 2017-05-21 Vertical
Compass Sketch 2017-05-21 Vertical © Andrew Kersting

Magnets for the Magnet Factory

The 2017 Bay View Gallery Night and Jazz Fest is coming up in just over two weeks. It promises to be quite an event, with over 40 locations participating.

I’ll be at “Art at the Magnet Factory“, where there will be 15 artists and live music in a very cool 7000 sq ft industrial warehouse space. I thought it would be the perfect place to debut my own new magnets. We’re up-cycling mini business card misprints and instead of just tossing them have made them into useful little objects of beauty.

An assortment of original magnets
An assortment of original magnets

I’ll have a few 4×6″ prints of two of my favorite drawings on magnets too and several new paintings.

BVGN – Friday, June 2
The Magnet Factory MKE 2424 S. Graham St
5 PM – 10 PM