Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Decided on 30” x 20” for the painting, mostly because I have a birch panel of those dimensions gessoed, primed and ready to go. If I make the sketch about half that size the picture will be big and blocky, susceptible to rich coloration and vivid contrasts, all smoothly worked. There must be a storybook illi quality to it. I can't match the quality of the work done by the Mormons on their sales material but I can go for second-best. I think I could have been another Vernet if circumstances were different.

 Made the grid with  horizon line at 1/4. Indicated 5/6 for disharmonic tree seasoning. The grid relates so closely to the composition of the image… the problem is going to be the creature... I can see it taking days to get that thing right.

Incidentally, last night I dreamed last night that I literally had to screw my way through 15 miles of jungle women to get to the boat.

Sincerely yours,

Uncle Jim


  1. I'd be curious to hear/read you discuss the grid/sacred geometry/golden ratio/etc and where and how you came to use it.

  2. I'm not qualified to say anything about these matters. I try to understand and use them. I understand the aesthetic philosophy behind the golden mean but to my eye that is not the most beautifully proportioned rectangle. The harmonics of the above grid make sense sense and seem to work. http://books.google.com/books?id=Fi0OahyCRtUC&pg=PA35&lpg=PA35&dq=juliette+aristides+proportion+harmonic&source=bl&ots=Oz0eWsSPMM&sig=Vg4RygMc_N_wP_BEbsYtWGcdGHI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=OcyIU_SvB8aPqAby3oKIBg&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=juliette%20aristides%20proportion%20harmonic&f=false