# Blog Archives

## COMPOSING WITH FIBONACCI NUMBERS

Now, how can you use the Fibonacci numbers to make a composition that conforms to the Golden Mean or Golden Section? If you use the correct size for the overall composition, it would be about 10 x 16″ – (1-1.618) – a larger format would be 13 x 21″.   In order to break this apart, and position your center of interest in the correct spot, you will need to plot the numbers on a sheet of graph paper the correct size.  For instance, using a format 13 x 21″, I measured off a 13 x 13″ square on one side, which left a rectangle of 8 x 13″.  From this, I formed an 8 x 8″ square leaving a 5 x 8″ rectangle.  Then I measured inside this rectangle a square that is 5 x 5″ leaving a rectangle of 3 x 5″.  Inside this rectangle, I formed a 3 x 3″ square, leaving a rectangle of 2 x 3″.  Inside this rectangle I measured a 2 x 2″ square, leaving a rectangle of 1 x 2″. This rectangle was divided into two squares 1 x 1″ each.  So you see, the sequence from inside out is  1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 — the Fibonacci number sequence.  Here’s my result–

If you draw a spiral connecting the corners of each square, it looks like the kind of spirals you see in shells, pine cones, flowers, etc.  How about that!

The center of interest should be placed  in the smallest squares — the largest section should conform to the principle of using the same value with different hues to keep it integrated.  Here is a collage I made using this type of composition.  It is a poem collage which reads from the inside out:  The earth turns round. Faces the sun; A new day is born.  Shall I change another’s life today?  Shall I reach a goal or realize my life’s mission? Or shall I still live one day at a time, in the hope that the path I follow is His?

I invite you to try a composition in this format and see how you like it!

## COLLAGE AN IMPORTANT ISSUE

CHOOSE AN ISSUE OR EVENT THAT YOU ARE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT.   LOOK IN MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS TO FIND IMAGES AND WORDS  THAT REFLECT YOUR FEELINGS.   CUT OR TEAR THEM OUT AND GLUE THEM DOWN ON A TONED PIECE OF POSTER BOARD OR MAT BOARD, OVERLAPPING ITEMS SO THAT THE VIEWER’S EYE WILL MOVE THROUGHOUT.  THEN DRAW/PAINT A CENTRAL FIGURE TO SYMBOLIZE THE ISSUE.  CUT THIS IMAGE OUT AND PLACE IT STRATEGICALLY OVER THE OTHER IMAGES IN YOUR COLLAGE.  BE SURE TO COAT THE FINAL PRODUCT WITH POLYMER MATTE OR GLOSS.

I CREATED THIS COLLAGE AT THE HEIGHT OF THE IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CONFLICTS.  THE FIGURE OF THE GRIM REAPER IS STANDING ON THE GLOBE, WHICH MEANT THAT TERRORISM HAS TAKEN OVER THE ENTIRE WORLD!  I STILL FEEL THAT WAY, ONLY MORESO.

## Final composition ideas

Having a subject in mind, splash intense watercolors indiscriminately over your support.   Then build up the subject with pastel, acrylics or colored pencils keeping the bright areas as your background.

Cut or tear up shapes from an unsuccessful watercolor and see what they remind you of.  Position on a black background to tell a story.  This is called Family Feud, and represents the occasional divisions of a family over a perceived insult or quarrel.  The shapes are facing inward, with some diagonal shapes to represent friction.

For your background, make a grid of related shapes — vary the dimensions and change the hues as the shapes cris-cross.  Use repetition of shapes and colors to suit the subject.  Can you tell I used a set of curves as my shapes?

This is the last entry in the “Ideas” section (I’m out of ideas?)  The next section of my blog will include suggestions for sketchbook drawings that I have taught and have practiced in my own sketchbooks.  Keep visiting!

## TRY THESE –

Make a political statement – choose a word that affects you passionately and make a collage using newspaper and magazine clippings. Superimpose a symbol of your word on top and glaze over the entire collage using a related color.

Do the same landscape at different times of day and/or in different seasons. You can even try using different media to see which works best.

Use Adobe Photoshop to change colors on an existing photo.  Try for a mood with the colors that result.  When satisfied, print off the photo and paint an abstracted picture using the changed colors. Remember to match values.