Saturday, June 27, 2009

Golden Spiral

Last week when I was on my way to a friend's house, I came across a small garden full of sunflowers and was surprised they were already in full bloom. I had been reading "Divine Proportion- PHI in Art, Nature and Science" by Priya Hemenway and drawing the 'golden spiral,' studying the use of golden-angle, -proportion, -section, -ratio, -rectangle, etc. in composition in art through the ages. I am fascinated by how pineapple, sunflowers, daisies and strawberries appear to form two systems of spirals radiating from the center - a pattern created by Fibonacci numbers. On further research, I discovered that "The fibonacci numbers are named after Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci, although they had been described earlier in India. The Fibonacci numbers first appeared under the name 'matrameru' (mountain of cadence), in the work of Sanskrit grammarian Pingala (Chandah-sastra, the Art of Prosody, 450 or 200 BC). Prosody was important in ancient Indian ritual because of an importance of the purity of utterance. The Indian mathematician Virahanka (6th century AD) showed how the 'Fibonacci' sequence arose in the analysis of meters with long and short syllables. Subsequently the Jain philosopher Hemachandra(c.1150) composed a well known text on these. A commentary on Virahanka by Gopala in the 12th c. also revisits the problem in some detail." WOW! In a strange coincidence, there is also a site called 'Sunflower Revolution', which does fundraising for Parkinson's and has links to latest research etc. Ever since my Dad was diagnosed with it I go there in search of information.

So, I decided it was time to post this painting 'Sunflowers' (12x10") in watercolors and water color pencils. It was painted from a still life set up. I like the way the colors in flowers turned out. I would like to paint another with only the bloom when the lone sunflower plant our back yard blooms.

Sunflower 12x10" watercolor and watercolor pencils.

8 comments:

Kathy Staicer said...

I always love your flowers!

meera said...

Thank you very much -- I really appreciate your comments!

sanjeev joshi said...

good piece of information!! the painting is lovely too.Da vinci code had some information,but didnt know of indian connection .thanks

meera said...

Thanks! I am always pleasantly surprised to rediscover how everything in life is somehow interconnected!

shicat said...

Your sunflowers dance on the paper and the colors are really soothing. I like the color combination of the entire painting and it's nice to see the whites,maybe that's what makes it dance.

As far as fionacci numbers...that's just over my head.I will have to look it up on the internet,I'm thinking it must have to do with patterns. I enjoy reading about India.Thank you

meera said...

Thank you very much for your thoughtful comments. I am learning about fibonacci numbers too -- but the 'devine proportion' and golden spirals etc are fascinating concepts.

Kathy Staicer said...

Hi Meera,
Just wanted to let you know that you are one of the winners of my contest. You can let me know what you want a print of and send me your address and I will send it to you. (I have prints of most of my paintings that have been posted.)
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

meera said...

Thank you, Kathy! I look forward to your print!

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