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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Moving Along ...

The "occult point" is a term I had not encountered before, but now I am finding it in my composition of the Snake River I painting. The small yellow blob at the top of the mountain is at that point. It is the origin of what are known as "the whirling squares", which manifest along Fibonacci series lines in a Golden Section drawing or analysis. Are you totally lost yet?

The drawing above the photo shows exactly where this point resides in a Golden Rectangle, a rectangle that has phi proportions, or the ratio of 1:1, 1:2, 2:3, 3:5, 5:8 and so on, following the Fibonacci Number sequence of 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89, ad infinitum. We get closer and closer to the true Golden Mean as the ratios increase in size. Clearly, a square cannot be a Golden Rectangle, and 1:2 is not right either. In nature, there has to be a starting point of 1 to have anything, and so we grow from there. Site with more information here.

This canvas, however, is 30"x40", so it does not fit the ratio of a Golden Mean rectangle. Therefore, the lower part of the painting serves as a frieze to lift the eye above, and the rest forms a rectangle of the proper ratio (25" x 40"), because I do not want to take the thing apart and make a new canvas!

So the focal area will be upper right (Onward! Upward! High Emotion! High Involvement!), and I will have to put the elements of the focal area there (highest contrast, for example). I hope this will turn out, but every painting is an experiment.

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