Ever been so in love with it - So in awe that it stops you in your tracks? Had your breath stolen by its sheer perfection?
Ever wondered why it does that?
Chances are, it has something to do with the Fibonacci sequence.
As today is World Fibonacci Day, (23/11/15) I thought I would take the time to explore it a little.
Those little patterns and intricate markings that I notice in the nature really, really float my boat. I wonder, whether I can use this love to fuel my creative work - without necessarily drawing exact replicas of the flowers, pineapples and leaves that I am so attracted to?
So, firstly, a little summin summin about The Fibonacci Sequence: as it is some pretty amazing stuff. It has been around us since the beginning of time.
It was first written about in Sanskrit mathematics and later, by Leonardo Fibonacci in 1202. It is a simple mathematical equation which allows patterns in nature to form in these divine spirals - which is a concept even I can grasp so I know you can too. It's explained in the video below. (I am a terrible maths teacher you see...)
Where will you notice it? All across the natural world; pick up a pine cone and follow each segment as it twists around the form, look into the centre of a sun flower - notice how tight the seeds start in the middle and expand outwards. Look up to the trees: the formation of the branches and the arrangement of the leaves on the stems is also a part of the Fibonacci Sequence.
So where does this fit in for YOU?
Well, not only are we inspired by this magical spiral in nature, but where else do we see it that inspires us? What about the some of our favourite imagery? What about some of our favourite art works? What makes them our favourite?
Can we use the Fibonacci Sequence to strengthen our own work?
[keep reading for fabulous illustrations!]
Here are a selection of illustrations whose compositions I fell for instantly - let's see if the Fibonacci sequence is present in any of them.
I added the Fibonacci spiral, and surprisingly, most of them do seem to make use of it in some way. See if you can spot it in some of your favourite works.
The sequence is also present in the human and animal forms, so can be a valuable tool to keep in mind when you want to communicate this through drawing or sculpting.
Some food for thought indeed.
When you next put together a composition, see if the Fibonacci sequence helps to develop it more.
We can take ideas that appeal to us in nature and make use of them in our work. We can even do this with harmonious colour pallets too, but that is another blog.
Further reading if you fancy it: https://fibspiral.wordpress.com/