Nine – a very significant number to me, in many ways.


Steve (A.K.A. Bumba), a very talented writer & musician and friend here at the blogosphere, has been doing a series of posts on numbers: The Numbers Game Is Here: Mathematics for Dummies”  with this subtitle: “The beauty of math, of numbers and other beautiful patterns. Of Geometry and Science. Watch out it’s heavy.”
He invited me to work with him on nine.
I really don’t think I meant to approach it in the way I did. In fact I have to admit that life almost made me forget about it, till now. [either this or he would have twisted my arm!  😉 ]
Thank you, Steve!
So here it is and how appropriately, during the ninth of the ninth month:
The Whole Nine Yards*
Do check Steve’s blog where he gracefully shares his stories and songs.









That’s it – nine images for nine on the ninth!  😉
* and click here for some more on nine!


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75 Responses to “nine”
  1. dilipnaidu says:

    Beautiful post so well researched. I was thrilled to read the Indian Navagraha (Nava means 9) each graha having great significance to Astrologist. Thank you dear Marina and cheers for a lovely weekend. 🙂

  2. Madhu says:

    Oh my! I think I like this even better! Especially that final dragon/serpent in those fiery colours.
    Off to Stephen’s page to check out more nine trivia.

  3. You’re so right, Marina. It’s as if the #9 took over you creativity. I love this. The information if wonderful but your dragon and K9 doggie are both outstanding. I will have to go over to Steve’s blog. Thank you for sharing your artwork.
    Isadora 😍

  4. It’s easy to see that 9 is your favourite Number.. 🙂 Love the colour combinations and How clever is the Dragon 🙂 Love that one 🙂 xxx ❤

  5. Francina says:

    stunning and fascinating at the same time , Marina… superb work.
    Agapi̱té chairetismoús xxx

  6. D K Powell says:

    Beautiful and fascinating intellectually at the same time!

  7. betunada says:

    thanx — this was fun! (really!)

  8. Meanderer says:

    Beautiful artwork, Marina.

  9. Beautiful study of the number 9 Marina. I love the bold color, and K-9 is cute. He looks pettable.

  10. As a mathematician, I am fascinated by the inner life of numbers and together with your wonderfully bright art, it makes this piece delightful. As children we would play the 9 number by multiplying and adding back to 9.

  11. elmediat says:

    Fascinating. As they said in the old days its dressed to the nines. 🙂

    In Folklore, Genre Fiction and Occult tradition The Nine were secret semi-immortals who were guiding/controlling the destiny of humanity. The concept grew out of concept of nine fates or Three Norns.

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Quite the collaborative effort. On the image with the 9 that has the enclosed text, did you do the research or he?

  13. Bumba says:

    Your pictures look great on my blog, but here they are just terrific. Thanks for the kind words. I sent you the photo you asked about, and then I went ahead and did another 9 or 99 post. Haste makes waste, and cats have nine lives. However, they proceed carefully when in a room full of rocking chairs.

  14. burgessart says:

    Marina I am delighted to see your love of 9. For a long time I studied Numerology and discovered the power of 9. Your post has informed/reminded me of just how much it has pervaded our daily lives. As you point out it is a perfect number. Not able to divided yet always multiples to be added up to itself. For those that are 9’s it demands the very best for it contains all other numbers.
    Thanks for this wonderful post!

  15. very special caleidoscope, dear Marina! I love the dragon (as you know some of my writings are including dragons….) Hugs and kisses :-)claudine

  16. Resa says:

    Well done , Marina! It’s very fine, sublime, on time, well defined, 3 trine, my kind of mind, a sign, red wine & food to dine! 😀
    Will visit Steve!

  17. Great! Have a good week, Marina!

  18. Love this one, love nine also (my birthday month).

  19. can see how magical 9 is for you in these artisticcomposites – the dragon is magical

  20. debiriley says:

    wonderful post 🙂 I had no idea about 9, thank you for sharing! that was a lot of research you did for this!!! appreciated – cheers, Debi

  21. Great post and amazing images! Thanks for sharing all this, I didn’t know much of it.

  22. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Well done, I didn’t know all of this.

  23. Rajagopal says:

    The mystic of nine, which my date of birth also adds to, very awesomely captured, marina, as only you can. Thalia in Greek is the muse of comedy, in India’s Hindi, it means applause, and that is what I will give you, a big Thalia….best wishes.

  24. Me too I love the last dragon. Nice work Marina. I like all the math in your music 🙂

  25. Debra says:

    Your images are always beautiful, Marina, and you really captured the best of number 9! I particularly love 9-ball and that amazing, dramatic dragon. 🙂

  26. Mary says:

    Superb Marina – a brilliant approach of illustrating the meaning of 9 to you in the most creative melding of “nine” concepts.

  27. K9s, billards, and dragons.
    Love the meshing of literature, art and the “perfect language” of math

  28. Jean-Jacques says:

    Significant for me as well, as it is my lucky number, and the number of the month of my birth day! Jean-Jacques

  29. Anonymous says:

    Fascinating number. I like your take on it, Marina. I love the last image especially!

  30. Well you’ve had some hard work – and fun? – with the project. Handy to have the muses in there. I can always remember 6 of them – but never the same ones! And never all 9. RH

  31. Jamie Dedes says:

    Beautiful. I love the colors. Wonderful together and all the cultural images and reminders. Well and charmingly done.

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