Thursday, July 31, 2014

Circles in a spiral

Walking on the beach in Oregon I kept thinking of an old Noel Harrison song - "a circle in a spiral, a wheel within a the circle that you find in the windmills of your mind..." It was more about the patterns that the water, sand and even humans create.

The math, the science of nature and art. The golden number, golden rule and/or Fibonacci.  Odd numbers are key players for artists. Using threes, triangles and asymmetrical balance are more pleasing to the minds eye.

Back to the beach, as I walked with camera in hand along the sand I was taking note of the patterns that the Slab Creek was creating on it's way to the ocean. Then there were the patterns the ocean made as it was lapping on the shore. The footprints humans, dogs, horses and other small sea critters left in the sand.

Patterns are found everywhere, the way trees branch, different types of trees have different patterns. As do the leaves of those trees. Sea shells have amazing patterns and are wonderful examples of how math applies to nature and art. Flower pedals, patterns on pineapples or artichokes. As you look closely at at these patterns they can help with your drawing ability. Study the angles, the lines, the circles within circles and let the windmill of your imagination go for a ride.

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