Stephen Campbell - If you don’t stop eating my plants I’m going to eat you
Puzzle Factory Original Oil Paint on Canvas
Signed and titled by the artist
50" x 38"
Stephen Campbell - If you don’t stop eating my plants I’m going to eat you - In botany, phyllotaxis (from Ancient Greek φύλλον (phúllon) ‘leaf’, and τάξις (táxis) ‘arrangement’) or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem. Phyllotactic spirals form a
distinctive class of patterns in nature. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyllotaxis
Each spot is numbered in the order it ‘grew’ its colour is determined by whether its factors are in the Fibonacci sequence up to thirteen. The painting itself was based on plants growing in a pond.
There are two spiralling sequences taking place in the painting. One inhabits a three-dimensional space, the other two. One’s leaves expand the other contracts. With each new ‘leaf’ on one, the value goes up by one, the other goes up by zero. The yellow-to-blue challenge could be dropped now. Slightly bending the lightness and hue rule, a palette based on sunflowers and using big friendly increments is used to represent Fibonacci numbers. Each ‘leaf’ has a numerical value and according to its divisors attributed a place in the spectrum and height in the illusory space indicated by its edge.