Anatomy of Land Abstraction I
This is the story of an 8x13 painting that changed completely; note that 8 and 13 are two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21, etc.). Also its aspect ratio is close to the golden mean (13/8 = 1.625, while the golden mean is 1.618...) The original intent was to capture the colors of a southwest landscape with distant mountains. The painting was moderately successful. I had done a series of "chromatic" paintings of the southwest landscape as well as aspen-covered mountains of New Mexico.
As I prepared for my Los Alamos show in July 2023, I wanted to change the painting to a more abstract painting emphasizing cliffs, using or imagining a dynamic symmetry armature and golden spiral grid. I used a squeegee for a new version as it is very useful in rendering straight edges.
Sequence of original painting steps: