Monday, May 4, 2009

Shell




Is there anything that better demonstrates the golden mean/Fibonacci sequence than a shell? When I first heard about these concepts, I remember thinking, Oh my god, that is SO COOL. (And I'm not at all a math person.) I feel the same way about it today.

I went hunting for still life subjects at a thrift store the other day and found some great stuff. This is the first one (yep, found some seashells at the thrift store! Good thing, since I'm landlocked) that I've painted. There's some more great subjects to come from that nicely inexpensive shopping excursion.


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14 comments:

LSaeta said...

Nicely done! I am curious - is the painting as dark as the photograph? Either way ... it is stunning!

bonnieluria said...

There's even math in beauty.
A study determined that we find faces to be beautiful or less so, based on mathematically proportioned features.

Some days, I look like Algebra, and others, well, trig that.

A lovely spiral shell. How you get your darks to look rich and not dirty is a specialty of yours.

Melinda said...

Thank you for sharing the link on the Golden Mean! I really enjoyed reading it and seeing references to plant life as well.

I love hunting in resale shops. There are so many interesting finds. The shell painting is really dramatic. Well done.

P. S. I, too, am not a math person, but I'm lucky to have a math son who tutors me about math and physics. Truly fascinating stuff.

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Leslie - As you may know, thanks to R Garriott, there's been a lot of discussion as to whether images look the same in terms of value to other computer users...I would love to know what you're seeing but I can't! Anyway, this is in real life a medium to medium-dark value painting. (But not dark value. I think the photo is definitely too dark, even on my own monitor.)

Hi Bonnie - And sometimes there's even beauty in math. :) I also have heard about the facial beauty thing. I guess it's because as humans we see symmetry as a a sign of good health, and so the more symmetrical body parts are, the more we subconsciously find the person attractive. But to me there's such beauty in the imperfect, too. I'd far rather have paint a "character model" than a perfect-looking one.

Melinda - Cool, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's something that has always fascinated me so much. My brother is a math/physics person too!

Jala Pfaff said...

Bonnie - P.S.: Good darks = no white in them at all, and primarily (or completely, if possible) transparent colors.

Jala Pfaff said...

Leslie - P.S. Thanks, I just put up a truer photo. Cheers!

Karen Bruson said...

Jala, Nice painting. Great for this time of year when everyone is opening their summer cottages.

rahina qh said...

I have a similar shell at home but didn't dare try to paint it... this is beautiful Jala, you have learnt well from Fibonaci:) r.

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

this is another wonderful painting with a peaceful noble quality to the tonal shifts....What a lovely painting.

Laurel Daniel said...

I love the thrift store discoveries!!! The thrill of the hunt is exhilerating! This shell painting makes math look fun! Gorgeous!

Jala Pfaff said...

Hi Karen - Who is "everyone"? ;)

Rahina - Thanks, and now you must try it!

Thanks, Sandra!

Laurel - "Makes math look fun"-ha, great comment!

r garriott said...

How did I miss this one? Very cool. Even the math part.

L.Holm said...

love the fibonacci sequence, too. And fractals. find it fascinating that there's so much beautiful order in the universe. This is lovely, and looks medium value and gorgeous on my monitor.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

I love this.
Also, since you mentioned it, I think white is over used. It kills color and value.