Although it has been awhile since I’ve posted, Kim and I have still been painting along, nonetheless! I’ve decided to combine Week 8, the Golden Ratio, and Week 10, Monotypes, into one post to keep things moving along. You may be wondering, “what happened to Week 9″? Well, Week 9 is Self-Portraits, and even though we have been working on them, neither of us is quite ready to unveil them to the public. Maybe next week!
Week 8′s project was based on the Golden Ratio. According to Livescience.com, the Golden Ratio is “a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.” Visually, it looks like this:
Some artists believe that the proportions represented in the Golden Ratio are visually the most pleasing to the eye. The shape is also known as a Fibonacci Spiral. For this exercise, rather than copy and trace the spiral from the internet, I actually used a measuring tape and measured out my own proportions. After drawing in the lines, I painted the shape with gouache paint. For me, the best part of this project was drawing the spiral and trying to get the right proportions. Unfortunately, Kim misplaced her painting shortly after finishing it, so we can’t share it.
Week 10 was one of my favorites, so far – Monotypes! (OK, every time I say the word “Monotype”, all I can think of is the “Monorail” sequence from the Simpsons). For this project, we took pictures drawn by our kids and used them as a template for a monoprint series. To create to monoprint, we put a piece of clear plastic (acetate) over the drawing and traced the image with acrylic paint. We then flipped the painted plastic onto a prepared surface, rolled with a brayer, and then peeled off the plastic. Voila! A unique print! I used a Manga picture that my daughter drew and did several layers of iteration of the print.
Kim used a drawing of a robot done by her daughter and did a series of 3 robots marching across a canvas board. She also used multiple colors in each print.