Mind the gap there.
|Adding an extra stem and curved blade of grass|
bridged the gap and filled a too-big negative space to the
top right of the composition.
|Here too there was far too much space|
and not enough focus in this central area.
The extra grass fills the space and a small pencilled-in feather
(once painted) will add a little more focus.
|You can blame this guy.|
Michael Maestlin was the first to
publish a decimal approximation of the
Golden ratio in 1597
(Image and text Wikemedia)
|For those of you who like a diagram, this is a |
typical demonstration of the Golden Mean or Ratio using a spiral.
It even has a value 1.6180339887....
and is represented by the Greek letter phi
|The lowercase letter of phi|
is used to represent the golden ratio
Enough of all this, it's scaring me now. All I know is what my dad taught me about gardening. When planting flowers and bulbs in our plot, he would always show me that planting odd numbers together was far more attractive than evens. So, threes, fives, sevens etc. works far better than just two or four. Same applies when painting, odd numbers of features such as buds and blooms work better than even numbers. One is an odd number too but it doesn't always work in a composition. Although, a large, single pineapple plant can look stunning.
|Three Calla Lilies with a single leaf.|
Although I think a second leaf at the opposing angle
might have worked just as well here.
Shall I talk triangles? Before starting the lily composition above, I finally got the triangle thing. Once you have your three blooms and are getting them facing outwards, you tend to find that you can draw a perfect triangle between them. The Calla flower heads also have a bit of a triangle going on too. A bit like joining the dots. Again, it's all about ratios, proportion and that Golden Mean again. Don't even get me started on Pythagoras and his theorem (The sum of the areas of the two squares on the sides, equals the area of the square on the hypotenuse). Arrgh, You would think I should have got all this straight away, as I learnt all about this sort of thing when I studied Architecture all those years ago. Ta dah!
|The ancients knew exactly what they were doing.|
Proportion, balance and perfect mathematical division.
The red box demonstrates the diagram of the Golden Ratio.
Note how the fine detail and focus is all going on in the smallest area.
This has been repeated across the elevation of the building.
Image with thanks to hazmath.net
|Just look at that symmetry.|
Another example of perfect execution of the Golden Mean
The Villa Rotunda
Andrea Palladio 1508 - 1580
One of my architectural heroes
Image with thanks to Wikipedia
My head hurts now. And there was me thinking this sort of thing would be easy. All I want to do is produce nice paintings. Well, we shall see if I have succeeded with this one of bitten off more than I can chew. Ah well, now what did I do with that protractor?