11.000 x 22.000 inches
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Purple Cone Flowers 1
Hanne Lore Koehler
Painting - Watercolor
"In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful." - Abram L. Urban
This is the top section of my painting called Purple Cone Flowers 2 (also available in this gallery. In this watercolor painting of three Purple Cone Flowers, I kept my focus on the magnificent reddish brown Fibonacci spiral centers of these blooms.
In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers or Fibonacci series or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence: 0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,... By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. It is intimately connected with the golden ratio; for example, the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, ... which has been a ratio technique employed by artists in their paintings for many centuries.
The Fibonacci Sequence also appears in biological settings, such as the spiraling center of the purple cone flower, branching in trees, the spiral of a snail's shell, the fruit sprouts of a pineapple, the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern, the arrangement of a pine cone and seashells. I'm sure you can think of many more!
June 17th, 2010
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