Saturday, January 4, 2014

4, Tetrad, Happy Fourth Day of 2014

Following in yesterday's track, here is Tetrad, which relates to 3-D volume.
©Kathleen O'Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Tetrad, 12 x 7.5"
Dyad is a Golden Rectangle.


©Kathleen O'Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Tetrad, detail, square
A square is formed within the vesica piscis when two lines are drawn between the two midpoints of the circles and the intersections of the vesica piscis. Taking this square away, the next Golden Rectangle remains;

©Kathleen O'Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Tetrad, detail, Golden Rectangle


©Kathleen O'Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Tetrad, detail, square
"Four is the first number formed by the addition and multiplication of equals (4=2+2 and 4=2x2). The square represents justice"* and the earth. Taking this square away, the next Golden Rectangle remains;

©Kathleen O'Brien, The Mystery of Numbers, Tetrad, detail, Golden Rectangle
The ephemera is of Hellebore, and the four botanicals are Lilacs. What are your associations about four?

*Words in Quotes are from Divine Proportion by Priya Hemenway


2 comments:

Kitty Dennis said...

Hi Kathleen,
I did go on your web and read what you said about the number paintings. How did I inspire you about the golden rectangle?
You asked me my thoughts. I wanted to respond to the drawing yesterday for four-quatro, tetra etc. When I picture four: I think of a compass with four directions north,south, east, west; I think of the 4 basic elements-earh, fire, water, air; I think of four leaf clovers, I think of the celtic cross; of crystals; of stars glimmering; I think of crossroads, of the game four-square; and the Valentine 2 good 2 be 4 gotten. The number four for me seems to represent balance.
Love, Kitty
P.S. Forgot to tell you we received a card from Audrey, Josh and Greg. I bet you miss them!

Kathleen said...

Kitty, thanks for sharing this. The 4 directions, 4 elements and 4 seasons are all associations that come to my mind as well.