Posts Tagged ‘geometric pattern’
Drawing: Sixteen sets of diagonal stripes in rotation. Orange to blue and back again, multiple times.
If it looks like its folded down the centre line, that’s because it is.
I got some junk-mail, little 6″x6″ (approx) adverts for Jet 2.com. I ripped them up and just as I was about to throw them away I decided to piece one of them back together. I had ripped it in grid format without especially meaning to do so, you know, ripped in half first then the two halves together torn in half again and then again. I used this reassembled informal grid as the basis for a drawing, the geometry being very much off kilter.
…it’s something I am thinking about.
A descriptive title for this new painting would be Pattern: Sixty Four Sets of Eighteen Diagonal Stripes in Clockwise Rotation: Sienna, Violet, Blue…
…or just Sienna Violet Blue for short
It’s tiny, almost a miniature at 9″ x 9″ and not quite finished as I have yet to erase the pencil lines.
From my sketchbook…
… “Sketch” perhaps suggests something quick, whereas this took a couple of days to do. It is a preliminary drawing at least, testing out some colours in a slightly different arrangement than others. Sixteen squares in a floor-tile pattern.
In this little painting the four quadrants are related to each other by repetition and inversion. The figures, the ‘circles’ that are not really circles at all, four Ehrenstein figures and four Redies & Spillmann figures*, are separated from each other vertically and horizontally in intervals of four i.e you count 1, 2 ,3 nodes and the fourth is a ‘circle’. The Ehrenstein figures are gaps and the others are continuations of the black lines in a discontinuous colour, resembling coloured asterisks where the lines meet.
The photo fairly accurately shows how when you get right up close the light purple asterisks no longer look like circles at all , but as soon as you step only a few inches away they become convincing coloured circles with a transparent ‘glow’ hence the phenomenon is known as ‘neon colour-spread’. The eye/brain constructs the circles. Earlier I painted them in white and no colour spread took place at all so they remained asterisks at all distances. I had a hunch that would happen. I think that when the tonal contrast with the ground is very stark the colour-spread formation is inhibited.
Does the photo show that the ground is gold or does it look more like plain yellow? You may be able to tell from the photo that the ground is made up of a pattern of slightly varying colours. In a previous painting the coloured under-painting was dominant (too much so), here you can barely tell that it is there (easier in ‘real life’).
*I’ve forgotten whether that’s a name I picked up from my reading about these phenomena or whether it is my own name for the neon colour- spread figures, like the Ehrensteins, simply named after the inventor(s) – Christoph Redies and Lothar Spillmann. Brought to my attention by Donald D Hoffman in his amazing book Visual Intelligence.