Circular or conic section structure
Occassionaly your friends annoy you. Even your best friends.
You do lots for them but they won't help you ..
thats the way it is sometimes. In a moment of pique
i took an old photo of Bee and drew it elongated
adding a slight twist and an arm movement as if
she werre throwing something away.
I initially intended to paint a modernist (early 20th
century ) picture and if you look carefully the
image is painted in this way - it uses a very fine
series of curved triangles .. the colours are discreet so in
some ways it also mirrors tempera painting and therefore
early icon images. Originaly i was going to paint
a complement to my black cat picture on this canvas
and had put in the eye .. i left it there.
The whole canvas is based on the elipses you
find on those 9 shaped plastic draughtsmans curves
The structure radiates out in a large spiral
based on the ratio 1:1.618.. (phi) as do some
shells and flower heads.
I added the gold leaf to make it more like
a modern icon.
You'll probably never see Bee and this picture in the
same room together !! I tried to explan that being
in one of these images is like being in a play
to no avail however this is one of my favourite
paintings probably due to the quality of the
painting itself (which proved more difficult
to achieve on the other coarser canvases)
and because it is quite a powerful image that
tends to dominate a room without being too