Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sunday March 3, and the magic of three

The Conversation Continues
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 90 inches (combined), 
or 30 x 30 inches each
Barbara Muir © 2011
(I've done quite a few triptychs.
This is one of my favourites because
it captures a conversation I had via
Skype with Henriette Sonne who
I met at the Florence Biennale. And
she is wonderful!)

The rule of three is big in art, in design and in writing,
so here we are on March 3, the third day of the third
month, and we can feel a spark of delight rising in us
with the falling snow.  In art it applies to proportion.
A landscape is usually one third land, two thirds sky,
or the reverse.  In placing objects in a painting, odd
numbers are usually more pleasing to the eye.  1,3,5,7
and so on.

Here is a Triptych (three paintings)I did a few years
ago.  They are always a pleasure to create.  Why?
There is the treat of breaking a large image into
smaller ones, or joining images together with one element
in each painting that links them.  They are fun.

I'll be thinking about that when I start a new painting
this week.  How could it work in a triptych?

Have a happy Monday.


Verna Vogel said...

LOVE these portraits!!!! Love the triptych, love the colours, the spirit - and love the little icons on the bottom of your screen! I can see what you were doing as you were painting, or just before, hehee. Very cool, somehow, that.


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Verna,

I do too. They show how pretty the Mac look used to be. It was cool. Back in the Skype days.
What was cool in portraiture was the immediacy. Now of course that is everywhere with Selfies
and Facetime. But Skype on my iMac was different -- large images immediately available. Quite


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