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Pete Hubbard
05-22-2003, 12:25 AM
I have been asked about the boarder around my paintings and in particular the boarder such as the one in “Three Men in a Tub”. The boarder is simply an effort to convey the idea of geometry used in the composition of the painting. The boarder as it is used in ‘3 men’ is what I call a rotated image. That is, the image is rotated 90 degrees to the boarder.

It had occurred to me that having this boarder around the painting invited violating it, where the image would cross the boarder. But I didn’t want to do it in a random way. “Oh I think I’ll do it here”. I wanted it to be something that was consistent with my system. In my painting system two different grid systems figure prominently. One is the golden ratio or 1 to 1.618 ratio. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=73555
is an example of a golden ratio painting. And the other is the 3-4 ratio. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78005
is an example of a 3-4 ratio painting. The golden ratio is long and thin while the 3-4 ratio is short and squat. If I took a long thin rectangle and rotated it and imposed on a short squat boarder I would get the desired result. The figures below show what I mean. Fig. 1 is a typical image in a 1.618 ratio boarder. Figure 2 illustrates how that image is rotated and inserted into; figure 3, a 3-4 ratio border with a 1.618 ratio image. As I said http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=106767
is an example of a rotated image painting. Also http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=73740
is another.

I haven’t yet painted one image in all formats. I make a determination which one will work best for any given image. So at this point I have 3 formats: 1) the golden ratio, 2) the 3-4 ratio, and 3) the rotated image, that is a 1.618 image rotated and inserted into a 3-4 boarder.

For more information see my web site. Thanks.



05-22-2003, 08:27 AM
hello, sir. thanks for the info - very interesting method.