How to Use Golden Ratio to Improve Composition

Soft Pastel - Susan Ogilvie - Tulips and Poplars
Susan Ogilvie "Tulips and Poplars"

Some artists are proportioning their works to approximate the Golden ratio. Special form of the golden ratio is golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio. It has been said that the Golden Rectangle is the most visually satisfying of all geometric forms. The strange thing is that we don’t know why human eye likes it.
The internet is full of explanation about the Golden ratio and it is easy to find many references by simple search. One explanation I like is by Dianne Mize on
Very good example how to compose a good landscape using the Golden ratio is this painting by Suzan Ogilvie. Susan is a well known pastel artist and a lecturer.  Her works attracts me in ways I can’t describe.  Maybe I ‘ve just found the reason :). Take a look at her blog to experience it yourself part 1 and part 2.

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