Posts by juliejao

A Painter of Spirals

Back in February I posted a sketch of a 13-armed Fibonacci Spiral. That sketch was executed on canvas. That canvas hung around the studio for a few weeks before I snuck up on it with a palette of blues. I spread the paint (acrylic) around with a combination of gesture and tight control until I…

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A Visit to Altavista Petroglyphs

Last week I was blessed with the opportunity to visit the Altavista Petroglyph Site in Nayarit, Mexico. Also known locally as “La Pila del Rey,” which could be translated as “The Basin of the King.” Note that basin carries a sense of fountain, spring or source. Our tour guide, Maurizio, breezed past the signs explaining…

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How getting studded Bike Tires led me to Oil Paints.

First let’s talk about paint. What is paint, anyway? Paint always consists of at least two parts: pigment and binder. The pigment is the color and the binder is what keeps the pigment on the canvas. Not believing this I took some pigment, red oxide powder to be exact, and mixed it with water. “This…

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Harmonic Ratios

A basic theory behind sacred geometry is that there are certain ratios that struck us sentient beings as harmonic. Musicians know these harmonic ratios and even if you don’t play you still probably squirm at a wrong note. So you know it in your heart and in your ear and in your gut and in…

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How to Draw a 13-Armed Fibonacci Spiral

  It is impossible to draw a Fibonacci spiral, you can only draw a close approximation of one. As it is impossible to draw a 13-sided shape, you can only draw an approximation of one. So I set out this past week to draw a 13-armed Fibonnaci spiral. To do this I start with a…

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How to Draw Opposing Fibonacci Spirals

As you already know I have been exploring geometric drawing with the ultimate goal of using these images in finished paintings. l plan on combining the geometry with my figures and/or launching into purely abstract works. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try opposing Fibonacci spirals. You’ve seen them in the heads of…

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Keep Earth Beautiful, Process Waste Water before Dumping

Acrylic waste water contains pigments that are harmful to the environment. Rinsing brushes in the sink deposits the pigments in our rivers, lakes and oceans. Dump your waste water in a bucket in your studio and every week or so process the paint solids out. I learned how to do this from the Golden website.…

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How to Draw the Minor Sixth

My interest in geometric drawing has led me to harmonographic patterns. My attempt to draw the minor sixth ratio, seen in the book Quadrivium, is documented in the drawings below. Draw a square; Find the center. Divide into thirds, and then sixths. Make circles where the loops will cross. Figure path of loop using arcs to…

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Concerning the Spiritual in Art

On Paintings for the Future by Hilma af Klint.

As an artist I like commissions. Executing a work for an excited client brings me joy. Knowing I’ll be paid gives me a sense of security. Installing the painting in their home saves me the storage problem. But what about commissions from another world? Spirits don’t pay, not in earthly currency anyway.

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Spirit Animal – An Artist’s Dream

As an artist in my daily practice I am committed to paying attention to metaphysical background of the so-called real world.

One way that I do this is by keeping a dream journal. Recently I sent a message to the universe asking for help in finding my spirit animal.

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