
Grid structure
this is another of the 1/7 pictures ..
dividing 1 by 7 gives the repeating ratio 142857
a grid of lines is created by sub dividing the canvas into
1 + 4 + 2 + 8 + 5 + 7 = total of 27 units
divide width or length by (1;5;7;15 or 20 )/27 to get grid lines
The grid lines were drawn only from the left
The eyes in both heads are placed above one another
on the intersection of 1 and 8 verticaly
and 8 + 5 horizontally
the limbs then follow the lines hence their odd structure
except the arm and comb which form a 7
The background consists (possibly) of room and window
the view through which is as would be painted by a
seven year old (except they dont often colour
everything in !!!)
I painted this picture for a 5 minute presentation
as part of a PGCE teaching interview/assessment at
the University of Hertfordshire (Hatfield)
where i had intended to try and get a Maths
teaching qualification. I used the image to
demonstrate that maths has applications
in all sorts of unexpected places (so your maths
at school isn't a waste of time )
I should add that i presented the "about division"
reference :
http://www.mikeburr.co.uk/maths/mathsdat/about%20division.htm
whereas all the other 6 applicants gave laborious, uninformed
and often error riddled presentations on multiplication.
It was also apparent in my opinion that the interviewers
were bereft of any in depth maths too 
'complete tossers' springs to mind
(was that you Lance Johns ??)
and that is probably endemic and country wide (U.K)
 that kids may explain why your maths is generaly shite
and why your lessons are crap. Anyway
The idea of using a simple ratio to construct images
has proved very alluring and has resulted in many of the
images you see in the portraits2008
Bee doesn't have any children. It is typically
stupid of nature not to give such a nice person a child
so ive created one for her from my son, by thinning the
eyebrows, making slender the nose then adding a bit
of girlie glam. Unfortunately being a mum is very
fatiguing so i've had to age Bee mumstyle, bags under
the eyes, troweled on makeup, practical but a little shabby
hair and those xmas present earings wow wow !!!
Yet, they are having some lovely girltime
which is one of those joyous mysteries that
sort of passes us blokes lightly.
