Expanding Spiral

Expanding Spiral – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

After the last painting where I researched the Golden Mean Spiral, I thought about doing a new painting based on a sea shell that follows that same pattern.  Expanding Spiral is the result. Although I wanted it to be somewhat moody by using darker colors, I always end up with the rainbow colors, regardless. This one is quite vivid. I began with painting a large seashell shape diagonally across the page but quickly it started looking more like a DNA strand. I kept working on it adding layers of spirals. I like the three-dimensional quality of the shape. I then added overlaid more elements to complete the painting.

My husband and I are into a getting into a nice rhythm now with our adult daughter living here at home. In September, she starts graduate school at the University of British Columbia. We’re very proud of her; she applied for their linguistics program and was one of only eight students accepted, the program is free for her. Unfortunately, Canada is not processing student visas at this time so she’ll be starting classes online. Hopeful the COVID situation with improve in 2021 so that she will be able to move to Vancouver then.

Well, let’s enjoy August as much as we can considering all the craziness going on!

Golden Mean Spiral

Golden Mean Spiral – acrylic painting by Heni Sandoval

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.