I have been toying with the Golden Proportion (also called the Golden Mean, Golden Ratio, Golden Rectangle) a little bit these days. Nothing worhwhile has come out of it yet, though. So I looked for it on Pencil Jammers and found nothing. I was intrigued and decided to post something about it.
Put very simply: The ratio of 1:1.618 OR 1:0.618 seems to have magical properties. For some reason, things whose lengths and widths are in this ratio appeals to the human eye (mind?). This proportion also appears in nature with uncanny regularity. Starting from the proportions in the shell of the Nautilus to the Greek Parthenon and the Roman Colosseum, it is found in innumerable natural and man made objects. Seurat's “The Circus Sideshow” for instance is full of it and so are Mondrains paintings. Not that it has to be exactly these numbers. 1:1.6 is also a good enough approximation.
So here is a link to a good site on the subject. If you are not comfortable with a lot of numbers and arithmetic, forget them numbers and remember only the ratio and see if it makes sense to you while you compose a picture.
Do explore it!
If you just google with Golden and any other word you are likely to come across some interesting thing about this.
Intriguingly, the ratio between any two consecutive numbers from the Fibonacci Series is also close to the Golden Ratio.
Have a Golden time!