Thursday evening 23rd February 2017 Golden Mein

By   February 23, 2017

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I said in a previous blog that I would address using the Golden Mein as a construction method.

Using the Golden Mein (sometimes spelled “Golden Mean”) as a compositional formula, is a satisfactory way of presenting elements in a balanced and harmonious manner. Here is a quote from my book “Landscape as Story”:

“Golden Mein – Divide the surface into a grid of thirds – this construction method requires the placement of the main focal point on any one of the resulting four intersections of the grid lines, with the secondary focal point placed on the diagonally opposite intersection. These placements assure the viewer will continue to look from one point to the other and therefore stay in the scene.”

The position of the focal point does not have to be mathematically exact. The intention is to have the pleasing balanced primary placement, and a secondary focus that serves to reflect back to the primary one.

Of course, with the surface divided into thirds, there are four resulting points of intersection and the focal point can be on any one of those four, as long as the secondary focus is on the diagonally opposite.

This following image shows the placement of the Royal Spoonbill on one of these intersection points, and then the diagonally opposite intersection point is highlighted with orange (as complementary to the blue) to not only balance the bird, but also to bounce the viewer back to the bird and causing the viewer to remain in this interplay – hopefully for a while at least!.

Poet’s Arch – Mixed Media on 61 sq cm canvas

Relying on the Golden Mein for the placement of elements in a work will usually result in a balanced composition.

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