"The East Triptych: Knowledge & Enlightenment, color feeling: Yellow"
84"h x 120"w acrylic on canvas
The left side panel of the East Triptych reveals the Lake of Friends. It can be glimpsed between the trunks of five trees of the forest, known as the Cahomey Woods. This is the only place in the triptychs in which the lake appears. The right (or southeast) panel is also a section of the forest which surrounds the lake.
Fibonacci spacing determined the intervals between the trees in both side panels. The far right tree is a self-portrait in profile of the artist watching the painting being painted. The frames around the spiral in the center panel use Fibonacci ratios as well: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc,.
With all the intellectualizing going on, the artist wanted to get his body into the act of the creation of the central spiral.
The two arcs that combine to form the spiral are the result of the artist holding a pencil over a large piece of paper taped on a table the top of which was level with his heart. He drew each arc by holding the pencil in one of his hands and then placing that hand over his heart. Simply straightening and swinging his hand from his heart to the far edge of the table created a perfect arc: a slow one with his left hand swung to the left, and a faster arc with his right hand swung to the right edge of the paper. These drawn arcs became templates for the curves in the spiral.