Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Proportion and Harmony

"Study the science of art and the art of science"
-Leonardo da Vinci

Vitruvian Man-Leonardo da Vinci
showing the golden ratio in human dimensions

The golden rectangle, a proportion
believed to be aesthetically pleasing

The rectangles making up our sunroom...not so aesthetically pleasing.  It has always bothered me (um, driven my artist mind nuts) that the panes in our french doors don't line up with the surrounding windowpanes.  Wrong proportion


Back when the pansies were still in the ground, we ordered new doors...which had to be milled from scratch to match our existing windows.  Nothing ever easy when you love an old house

The pansies are now gone and replaced with impatiens...and we finally have our new doors


"Without symmetry and proportion there can be no principles in the design of any temple"
-Vitruvius, The Ten Books of Architecture

It's no "temple", but with good proportion we have found a new harmony


pve design said...

Glad to know that I am not the only one who obsesses over symmetry and asymmetry - oh and then there is gravity that messes with my mind too.

Your new doors made me much happier.
very happy spot.

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Wow! What a difference. They are absolutely beautiful. What a nice view out those doors too!

Anonymous said...

Looks great!

I Dream Of said...

Your new doors are making me happy, too! Isn't it nice when you get to fix something that's been bugging you for some time? Your home is beautiful and I would love to spend some time relaxing in that lovely courtyard!

Gail, in northern California said...

"Jarring" is the only word that came to mind and now all is right with the world. So much better, it's unbelievable.

You must drive yourself crazy. ;-) Frankly, my dear, I like people who give a damn.

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Gail: didn't bother my husband until one little tiny spot of rot appeared on the old doors....finally convinced him to replace. For once I was thankful for a little decay

It's hardly Tara but I still "give a damn" all the same ha

Jennifer C. Webb said...

PVE: don't get me started on "gravity" ha....just about given up in that department. I'm prepared to become that kinda crazy lady....like Shirley McClain's character in Steel Magnolias growing tomatos....because that's just what we do

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