In many of my recent abstract paintings, I’ve painted spirals. After the last painting while looking at the two spirals, I began thinking of the Fibonacci spiral which is an expanding spiral seen in nature, such as a nautilus seashell. This idea led me to my new painting, Golden Mean Spiral. I decided to be somewhat subtle by starting with small yellow circles that grew in size as they moved out in the spiral though out the page and then I used overlays of other shapes and colors.
Years ago, when I was a park ranger in Brooklyn I developed and led a tour on Art in Nature. I remember investigating the golden mean as seen throughout nature. On the tour we looked at examples in the park and sketched them. Below are a few sentences written by Donna Marie that I found while googling the Fibonacci Spiral that explain the concept better than I can.
The Fibonacci Spiral is the series of numbers 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34… each number is comprised by adding together the previous 2 numbers. This is important because the spiral that this mathematical equation makes can be found in all living things including human beings, plants, animals and even our galaxy, The Milky Way.
Spirals are one of the most common forms of natural geometry, being a product of the sacred mean. Spirals and vortices are natures’ way of gathering energy.
Here is the link: Fibonacci, Leonardo, Spirals, and Structured Water.