From Gegarin's point of view
Chris, thanks for your post. I've been a big admirer of Euan Uglow's work for years. That's awesome that you got to study with him.
I totally agree with what you (and Uglow) said. In fact, I said just as much in one post that I think I actually ended up deleting. I said that the section is a dumb tool, like the computer. Just as using the computer won't just give you a great piece, placing items willy-nilly in a golden section grid won't give you a beautiful image either. It's a dumb tool. It's like a blank sheet of musical staff. If you place notes randomly on the musical staff, you won't get a piece of beautiful music. But if you know musical theory and know how to compose, the musical staff becomes a tool whereby one can organize their thoughts and feelings. If someone doesn't know drawing, design, color, value, etc., the geometry is useless to them, like the computer. I don't think it's some magical secret formula that just gives one an answer.
I just happen to be personally interested in the geometry and the shapes and forms that can be generated with it. I don't think it is essential to create a beautiful image.
Last edited by jpacer; November 21st, 2009 at 02:16 PM.
"Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote
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Chris -Damn it must have been nice to be with such a visionary artist, sorry about the mistake, I did know he is no more with us , just didnt write it properly .