The Golden Mean Conundrum

When I was in primary school, I was extremely competitive in the area of mental arithmetic, always having my hand up first, snapping my fingers to be asked for the answer before anyone else got a chance.


Then I went to high school and discovered what real mathematics were and baulked. I discovered I had no mathematical hair on my head and opted for a secretarial course which included bookkeeping. I could cope with that, double entries notwithstanding.


However, I have always been interested in art and at that time of opting out of mathematics, was often asked by fellow pupils to illustrate their poems in their anthologies for the literary lessons. I did it gladly even though my own anthology suffered in the process.

I never studied art academically. But my interest was so great that when I had the opportunity to make a career change, I opened my own little gallery and framing business. It was while learning how to do framing, I suddenly realised that my lack of mathematics was a real restriction as framing was all about angles and degrees. I learned how to cope with that and all went well. I still had no idea what was meant by calculus, algorithms or the Fibonacci sequence.


And when I retired from the grind of a nine-to-five day and came to Cyprus, I decided to learn how to draw… properly. I went to Elli Lestas for three years and they were years well spent! It meant learning about perspective and the Golden Ratio. It was then I realised that Luca Pacioli was absolutely correct when he stated: ‘Without mathematics there is no art.” What a rude awakening I had!

I started studying Leonardo, Michelangelo, Whistler, Rembrandt, Renoir, and many others and in the process, discovered that they all used the Golden Ratio to some extent – even Picasso used it in his cubist paintings!


Essentially it is the “Rule of Thirds” and there is a good video on YouTube about this – presented by – if you are looking for additional instruction, there you go!


The registration process for participation in Cyprus Open Studios in October is progressing well. There are a few drawbacks in that we are doing everything for the ‘first time’ and we all know how that can hurt! As we learn, things get easier and next year should be a doddle.

Please remember that the deadline is 30 April 2016 – don’t miss out on this opportunity to get your name out there. It won’t be ‘up in lights’ but it will be in print and on the internet – make use of all the facilities you are being offered.

Another piece of good news is that we are now officially in collaboration with Pafos2017 and will be having a meeting this week to finalise formalities. Unfortunately, there are no monetary benefits – only status! We hope to improve that next year…

We were delighted to see E.KA.TE. members are arranging an Open Studios event in April in Limassol – it is a great way to enhance awareness of the open studios concept and we wish them well.

The next blog post will go out AFTER registration has closed which means we will know how many participants there will be this year. The hard work is in progress to upload all the information we have received so far – it’s looking good! Much, much more to do!

Check out the website: – see you next time!


Getting there!

We have reached the half-way point for registration to participate in the 2016 Cyprus Open Studios. Registrations are coming in and that creates a welcome quickening of the heart. When one starts a new venture, it is always good to see that the toiling was worth it! Thank you to those who have already registered and also to those who have indicated their intention to do so. And we have reached Larnaca!

At this stage we are waiting for the website builder to complete the module that will be displayed on the “Participants” page on the site – we had a few hiccups… As soon as he comes through, the information will be displayed.

But, meanwhile, I thought you could visit a studio – the last opportunity:

Just in case you have missed the announcement, we are encouraging participants to invite a friend from abroad whom they would host in their own home at their expense, to share their studio or workshop space. The invited guest will not pay a COS participation fee and will be the guest of Cyprus Open Studios – this means that your artists friends from abroad could enjoy a visit at very low cost. If the visitors choose to present workshops or sell any of their product, they will be the sole beneficiaries of income derived from their activities whilst participating in Cyprus Open Studios. Any costs they may incur for alternative accommodation, transportation or materials will be for their own account.

As a small bonus, do you recognise this face?


Thought you might! Oh, you didn’t? It’s Tracy Emin, of course – in her studio.

There have been a few questions from potential participants and I quote some here:

Q: What is the time period a participant is committing to?
A: COS is taking place over the FIRST FOUR weekends of October 2016. Participants will commit to opening their doors on both Saturday and Sunday of their chosen weekend(s) and be in attendance between 11.00hrs and 17.00hrs – or have a stand-in if they need to be absent for any reason.

Q: What do the numbers at the bottom of the membership form mean, i.e. 1&2, 8&9, etc.?
A: Those are the dates of the weekends you may participate. You need to tick the box(es) for the weekends you choose to open your doors to the public.

Q: Is the participation fee for one weekend?
A: No! The participation fee covers the entire event, no matter how many weekends you choose to participate.

Q: Does the participation fee cover the event only?
A: No. Your entry will remain on the website until the next Cyprus Open Studios event in 2017.

Q: I am not very computer literate – is there another way I can register?
A: Yes! Send an email to telling us that you wish to register OFF-LINE and we will provide you with an alternative.

Q: I don’t know how to compress files for the images – how can I send them?
A: Please do not compress image files – we need them in High Density (HD) – also known as Resolution – for publicity purposes. A minimum of 1MB would be good but not essential.

If you have questions, please ask them – we will answer as best we can.               FINAL LOGO