Patterns with square and compass

  • I found a pattern after I painted this 5″ x 9″ sketch. Something pulled  my eye to the left edge. It seems too empty and not enough was happening.  I drew with white pencil on the sketch with a square and a compass and found  I could make a cube root rectangle ( 1 x 1.732+ ) grow from a square if I cropped the left edge slightly. I will use this new proportion when I paint the full size painting of these Chilean mountains.
    Our eyes look first for simple stable proportions like the square, the double, the half, or the third. Our eye takes the height and tries to fit it in to the length in even numbers. When we can’t do that are eyes continue to move searching for a fit, giving a sensation of movement. I have found rectangles proportioned to √ and √3 ( square root and cube root) can give a sense of motion.
       I made a square root rectangle ( 1 x  1.4142+ ) by making a square and drawing its diagonal. I pinned the compass in the lower left corner of the diagonal of the square, and set it to the length of the diagonal. I arced a line down from the top left corner to the extended base line of the square. the rectangle is completed by a vertical drawn drawn at that point.
      As the square root  rectangle came from the square by means of the diagonal, so the cube root  rectangle grows from diagonal of the square root rectangle.The motivating force that turns the square from a seeming blank into a living dynamic space is the diagonal. The diagonal to the square is endowed with the energy to create new spaces.
      I also found that the height of the white spot that represents the sun was located by a diagonal line of the cube root rectangle crossing the first vertical line of the square. I felt something and reacted to it before I knew why. Seeing, drawing and painting are a way of knowing before words and numbers.
    This is the completed 18″x32″ acrylic painting ‘Las Torres Del Paine’
    July 21, 2015

    These are acrylic paintings (44″ x 28″) I painted in 1988. I was trying to be very in between.


    I  tried to make something that was a landscape and a still life, painting and photograph, that may or may not have a narrative, be flat and have depth, be of many parts and of a single whole. The unresolved tensions create an uncertainty that is like the moment of awareness. As we pass through thresholds we become aware of the differences and similarities of the two states.







    January 5, 2015
  • Okaka Sunrise

    This is a painting that combines two moments that were 15 minutes apart.  I climbed Humpridge over Te Waewae Bay to Okaka Lodge and waited for sunrise. We are looking south from the southern most part of the South Island of New Zealand towards the Antarctic.

    December 8, 2014
  • These are the colours for Spawning Salmon

    These are the colours I used to screen print  Spawning Salmon. They are a triad of brighter colours on a dulled yellow ground. Orange dominates this pattern. with blue and green accents. Triadic colour schemes use colours that are evenly spaced on the colour wheel. Vibrant colours can be used in harmony. This particular triad is a tertiary triad.

    “Spawning Salmon” screen print by Kent Crawford

    February 5, 2014
  • This is a sunrise on Lyttle Mountain

    This image is closer to my memory of a sunrise on the Routeburn Track, New Zealand, than photographs I took on that hike. It is a composite of two photographs. The colours of the foreground came from a photograph exposed at 1/30  of a second. The colour of the background  came from another  photograph exposed at 1/1260 of a second. I think what happens is two glances are joined in my memory. Colour memory is maleable and weak.

    The background colours for "Lyttle Mountain" came from this photograph

    The foreground colours for "Lyttle Mountain" came from this photograph

    This is the completed 18" x 23.5" painting.


    January 28, 2014