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The Allure of the Grid

The Allure of the Grid The arcs are drawn. The grid develops. The first crossings of lines come as a surprise. The gentle sweeps of the compass rock back and forth. Everything fits together. The last lines glide into place. Breathe deeply, satisfied.

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How to Make a Circular Grid for Celtic Key Patterns

Digging around my Irish roots, I found Celtic Key Patterns. Celtic Key Patterns are described in my little Wooden Book as great space filling devices. Although I aspire to much more than filling space I decided to give key patterns a try. It’s not as easy as it looks. Ok, it doesn’t look easy. The…

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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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