Thursday, July 05, 2007

Maxfield Parrish: Dynamic Symmetry, Part I

Now, I'm still absorbing what this means for my art, but I wanted to share two links with you regarding that dynamic symmetry thing.

First, the blog post of the artist who was kind enough to throw herself into the task of discovery.

Second, the article that explains it in the first place.

Oh, and a cool page on his techniques.

7 comments:

visioneerwindows said...

It is good to see you involved in discovering Max Parrish, perhaps the most influential artist for me back when was doing acrylics and wanting to do it in the same manner as he did with oils - the glazing technique.... agree, tho, is not the easiest in doing with color pencils.....

Anonymous said...

In further reading of Regula's blog did find that her theory explanation did come full circle to the Fibonacci spiral formed by her whirling rectangles. Her square root explanation is the "other side" mathmatically of the Fibonacci work. All things come back to the ratio of 1.6 found by dividing the Fibonacci sequence figures; the smaller figure by the larger. Just remember the sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on. As we all know, the frames, canvases, papers we use in the USA do not conform to these measurements (5x7, 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, etc. etc) So all our canvases, papers and frames would have to be custom cut and made for us to follow this Dynamic. Helen in North Carolina

Anonymous said...

Alcohol inks work pretty well in doing this "Maxfield Parish" work, try them on glass, beautiful. Have two commissions in the works right now and cannot take the time to do some and send to you, maybe when I get done. Helen Scott in North Carolina

visioneerwindows said...

What do you then use as your 'clear' glaze between those ink colors? to get the reflectiveness needed for that Parrish effect....

Angela said...

Ohh how beautiful!
*HUGS*

Jo Castillo said...

Parrish did beautiful work. I'm waaaay to impatient to work weeks on a painting. Wow.
Jo

Anonymous said...

Maggie and all - just saw a new series on PBS last night about beauty - absolutely fascinating and they talked extensively about the 1.6 ratio as the Divine Number etc., etc., so please watch next Tuesday night and/or check the PBS website for more info!!! No mention of Maxfield Parrish per se, but did say MANY artists over the centuries have used the ratio of 1.6 All best, Helen Scott from New Bern, NC and RAIN!!!!!