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Golden Month Golden Spiral Illustration High Resolution

What we would like you to take note of, besides the obvious loop this painting holds, is how exacting the "Golden Spiral." In geometry, a golden spiral is a logarithmic spiral whose growth factor is ɸ, the golden ratio (1:1.618). The golden ratio, also known as the "divine proportion" is, in the most layman terms, the ratio of proportion (or distribution) found in nature. It is also called the "beauty ratio." It is closely tied to the Greek concept of Phi and the Fibonacci Sequence. It is something that is found naturally throughout nature. In art is symmetry is pleasure and soothing to the eye.

Here we are illustrating it in two paintings, this painting The Golden Slope and for The Golden Month where Woodward appears to be making a direct reference to this principle.

What we did is create a Golden Spiral at the Same width as the image, place is over the image as a new layer in our editing software to see how it would line up and to the left is the result.

Let's start with how the spiral enters the image meeting with the fine upper branch that seems to almost complete a circle (sphere, or globe) in the upper-right area. So we added some circles to show porportion progression through the spiral itself.:
   Notice how our circle nearly matches Wood-
        ward's. We could make it match exactly but that
       is NOT the point of this exercise.
   Can you see was appears to be a reflection of
        light on the globe? Or how close it lines up with
       the broken truck angle.
   Between the big circle with the next circle
        touches at the knot and see how the swoop of
       the spiral aligns with the angles of the second
       tree branches.
   From the knot, the second circle reaches the
        convergence of the two trees and the far right
        of the broken trunk.
   Again, you see a reflective light in the
        second circle.
   The third, smaller circle encapsulates the
        delicate sprigs of brush as well as lining up
        with the split down the broken trunk.
   The fourth circle, the smallest, illustrates the
        spacing ratio where it fits from the edge of the
       inner spiral to the young bole entering up into
       the largest circle. It also triangulates to
       meet the third circle.
This feels quite intentional and so we believe Woodward is once again combining the literal with the figurative in his naming of paintings.

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