The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

//The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

The Extended Art of Goose Stipple

After the Snow Geese stippled our little Honda with their version of a Pollack drip painting, I waited a while before heading to the car wash, thinking it would be a waste of resources when the rain would just wipe the body clean. But, faithful to Northwestern climate patterns, the rain came in fine mists rather than cleansing sheets. A few days of drizzle left us not with a clean car, but with an even broader canvas of goose abstractions. I was car-wash bound.

The car wash was they type you navigate hands-free, with brake off and gear shift in neutral. And for me, it’s a minor anxiety trigger — to be trapped in a box with a soapy Typheoeus or Typhon, father of all Greek monsters — this one with dangling blue shammy strips for legs instead of vipers.

To distract my mind, I pulled out my phone and captured Typhon, crude, loud and blue, sweeping his shammies across the windshield. It occurred to me that the application of water and soap was creating a derivative work from the goose stipple. It wasn’t the goose splotches themselves (which were blasted away with the first jet spray), but rather the bubbles, stripes and cascades that decorated my view … all because the Snow Geese alighted over me, without even a sense of their own creative, spring rhythms.

Car Wash Art

Car Wash Blues (and Golds) #1 Р©ingridtaylar

Photos inside a car wash

Car Wash Blues (and Golds) #2 Р©ingridtaylar

Car Wash photo interior

Car Wash Blues (and Golds) #3 Р©ingridtaylar

And, so as not to conflate accidental goose art with deliberate modern art, here’s the real Pollack in action and in montage:

By | 2017-09-24T17:12:11+00:00 March 3rd, 2013|Art-Ness, Blog, Pacific Northwest, Photography|3 Comments


  1. M. Firpi March 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I think you have a good eye for windshield patterns. I remember having seen in another post of yours another windshield scene with frost, I believe. I also bookmarked that website about Greek mythology. I also had to go back to Greek mythology when I got into reptiles. When I got into snakes I had to go back to Hermes and Asclepius who both held a Caduceus shaft, to emphasise and protect the positive qualities that serpents possess. Both Hermes and Asclepius had shafts with serpents around them.

  2. Mia McPherson March 4, 2013 at 4:34 am

    Ingrid, I would never have thought to take car wash images and these are fascinating abstracts! Great eye.

  3. Bea Elliott March 4, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Oh so much beauty in what is random! You sure can see it – And so can I! Wish I were free enough to express the liberated artistic qualities though… I learned all too well (to my detriment) to color within the lines. :/

    But this is good stuff! Love to see how others have escaped into magical spontaneity!

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