Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Art + math =

Last year I used the Fibonacci spiral as a basis for a composition in a painting.
The Fibonacci sequence is a magical group of number that begins 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21...
Each number is obtained by adding the previous two numbers and it makes for some interesting math tricks.
Here is a short but great video illustrating how the Fibonacci sequence works.

The other night I decided to use that sequence to mark off a composition. Instead of using the spiral I marked off inches along the top and side using the sequence.

I did not want a canvas of varying rectangles so I made the rule that each stroke, curve or plane had to correspond with one of the marks that mapped out two 1 inch areas then a 2 inch and a 3 inch and a 5inch... on up to 13 inches.

This canvas is a 24 x 36 in ch canvas. I wont make you do the math but I had some space left over after I measured this out and that really called for a more free-form style as opposed to precision.
I loved this way of painting. I am always mindful of composition and this set of guidelines allowed me to relax and have fun with the paint because Fibonacci took care of the rest.

I really hate math unless its fun like this.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Kim said...

I am blown away Kerry ... I know nothing about creating art on a canvas. I love the little tutorials you have been giving us. The good news is you will never have competition from me!! Happy Thanksgiving and keep creating, no matter what math you use!! xo

Sue Marrazzo said...

This is so cool!

Cathy Wall said...

LOVE this…. people always think that abstract art is so easy to create, composition is key and you've got it down using the Fibonacci spiral.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and time with your kids!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Dude. You just blew my mind.

Karena Albert said...

Kerry this is a great way to compose your paintings. It adds so mush interest!
Happy Thanksgiving!

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An Urban Cottage said...

I wonder how this compares to the golden ratio that a lot of abstract artists used last mid-century. It's been a while since I've read about it. It's cool that you're using it.

My Notting Hill said...

That's fun when math aids art. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

I wrote about Fibonacci in floral design here,, but never thought about it being applicable in a modern abstract. Wonderful food for thought on this Thanksgiving morning! Thank you!