Jan 9, 2012

What's going on? IF - Grounded

'What's going on?' is from the Snakeskin Sketchbook series of artworks. It is inspired by the Illustration Friday topic 'Grounded'.  This is an illustration about the research theory called Grounded Theory. 

Grounded Theory is a general research method ; which guides a researcher on matters of data collection (where you can use quantitative data or qualitative data of any type e.g. video, images, text, observations, spoken word etc.); and details strict procedures for the data analysis. It is a research tool which enables you to seek out and conceptualise the latent social patterns and structures of an area of interest through the process of constant comparison. A bit like being the x-ray machine of the social world.
More info on Grounded Theory can be found here
http://www.groundedtheoryonline.com/what-is-grounded-theory (Thanks to Helen Scott PHd) 

How it relates to the above illustration is that it starts with listening, asking questions, and hearing what the little bird told you as data rather than hearing it as a story. Then you ask the bird another question getting further data, and again etc.

It's abstruse, I know, so please enjoy the image and interpret it as you wish.

From wikipedia: Grounded theory was developed by two sociologists,Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss.  Their collaboration in research on dying hospital patients led them to write the book Awareness of Dying. In this research they developed the constant comparative method, later known as Grounded Theory.


  1. Such a cool combination of techniques, and very expressive. Interesting take on the topic, though I prefer stories. I'll leave the data to the sociologists. :)

  2. Hi. I shared you here.... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Grounded-Theory-Online/127688593934661 I hope that's ok. Helen

  3. Ken, I tried to email you at the address above and I received this message: The error that the other server returned was: 553 553 5.3.0 ... No such user (state 14).

    Is there any other way to get in contact with you?


  4. Hi Helen,
    I've changed the email in the banner to one that I know works. I will have to investigate why the other one doesn't.
    So I can be reached at rinkelken@optusnet.com.au

  5. Hi Cindy D, I should have left the data to the sociologists as well. I don't have it quite right so I will be amending the post when I'm sure I got it correct meanwhile anyone can do their own research if interested at http://www.groundedtheoryonline.com Fortunately I got it right enough that the artwork works for the proper concept.

  6. what an interesting thread you leave hanging for us to follow as we wish. Wonderful take, as always. Nice to see your last week's featured on the I.F. posting page.

  7. Hi AHAviews, yes the feature from IF was nice it has given a fair few more people the a reason to come and check out some of my work.
    In the text I have fixed up the bits I didn't get quite right about the theory but overall once again the picture can say many different things so enjoy as you wish.

  8. Love your work, and congrats on the IF feature!

  9. Hi Sarah,
    Thanks for your good comments. I had a look at your blog and immediately your artwork of the spanish onions put me in mind of 'The Friends of The Gardens' who are a fundraising group for Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. For ten years I had designed and produced their quarterly magazine called 'The Gardens'. Every year I would work on spreads for their big annual botanic art show and sale called 'Botanica'. This featured Australia's best botanical illustrators. There were some stunning pieces and the good ones were quickly snapped up by collectors and other art buyers. I think it has gone biennial now. Check out this link:


    Some of the artists I got to like were Bronwyn Van de Graaf, Beverly Allen, David Mackay, Marion Westmacott, and Annie Hughes. Not on this site but worth looking at is the grand dame of Australian botanical art, Celia Rosser, whose monumental task of painting all of Australia's Banksia species was a 25 year effort. I have seen the originals and it changed the way I looked at botanical art, the composing of the plant form and quality of brush and pencil work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celia_Rosser