Saturday, February 19, 2011

Eiffel Pie 8x10 oil on hardboard framed

The Golden Mean, 1.61… clearly and regularly appears in the growth patterns of many living things, like the spiral formed by a seashell or the curve of a fern. It is in fact the only growth pattern that, if continued, is not doomed to failure. It was derived by the ancient Greeks and was used by them and the ancient Egyptians in the design of their buildings and monuments. They had discovered they could create a feeling of natural order, as well as structural integrity, in their works. Artists since have used it for the same reason, to create a feeling of natural order in their works. It is thought by many people to describe the most aesthetically pleasing rectangle.


Carol Blackburn said...

I really like what you are doing with these pieces. It draws the eye to each segment like it's it's own painting. Can't help but bring to mind the words "the sum of the parts equals the whole" (don't ask me where I got that from). Really interesting!

AutumnLeaves said...

This is beautiful, David. A bit of explanation helps too. Now I'm wondering how the placement of the lines is determined???