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 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
  • Tangled Garden by J.E.H. MacDonald

    When I saw the mountains behind the thimble berries and fireweed that became the subject of my painting Thimble Berries, I remembered the Canadian post impressionist,  J.E.H. MacDonald‘s wall of blue purple behind his garden. I don’t think you can say there was a particular colour or colour combination that  post impressionists used. They took the Impressionists vivid colours and exaggerated them. They shared the idea that colour could have a meaning of its own or your own. I like the idea  that  colour has it’s own life and you respond to it.

    Thimble Berries by Kent Crawford

    These are the colours for Thimble Berries


    January 20, 2014
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