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Old 02-11-2013, 03:39 AM
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Triptych spacing and the gap

I have a commission which I am painting a triptych landscape. I want your personal opinion on spacing for each panel AND if you paint taking into consideration the gap so when it is space "x" cm/inches apart, the image flows on (like you have just taken a section out and there is a gap) OR paint it so each panel when touching is as if it is one whole painting.

I am asking what way is more aesthetically pleasing and works better??
  • So spacing I am thinking between 3-5cm (approx1.5-2inches?)
  • And painting so that there is a gap would be hard but might look visually better
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:31 AM
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

I did a triptych of a panorama looking over a 40 mile wide plain. Each panel was 12 x 16 inches, and hanging them I left a gap of about half an inch between each panel. There were no frames around the panel.

The paintings were done so that if they were all place touching each other, there would be no discontinuities in the panorama.

The panels look better if there is a focal point in each of them - in other words, I think each panel should look complete if shown by itself.

David Hockney has done some huge multi panel paintings, including one of the grand canyon - see link.

http://artsearch.nga.gov.au/Detail.cfm?IRN=20923

Religious triptychs often have the centre panel bigger than the side panel, and there is usually a frame round each panel. Sometimes side panels would be hinged, and the complete triptych might only be visible when the panels were opened up on religious feasts. See this example by Rubens in the cathedral in Antwerp.

http://www.artbible.info/art/large/519.html

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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

Hi Keith2, I agree with you that each panel should stand alone (on that note, I dont think Hockey's would).

Do you have a photo of the one you did?
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

This is the triptych. I was doing a painting course, and one of the exercises was to paint an original picture in the style of another painter.

I chose David Hockney's later style, which he now uses for English landscapes after moving back to the UK. He uses a lot of viridian or phthalo green, which gives an intense green which is quite different to the soft grey greens you get here.

The view is from the top of Sutton Bank looking over the Vale of York in North Yorkshire. Based on sketches on site and photos. The distance views are correct, although they can't all be seen at once from the same viewpoint. The foreground in the middle painting has been kept to a minimum to improve the composition.




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Old 02-13-2013, 03:34 PM
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

I love it! It really has a lot of depth and color. How big is the entire thing?
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

The three painting have a total width of four feet including the gaps between panels. Thank you for your comments.
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

Keith2 is it just beautiful. It has given me the inspiration I need.
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

Advice on progress...I feel as though this painting is nearly finished but needs something more??? Maybe some clouds and a few birds. What's your thoughts on how to make this painting feel finished?

(Sorry image isn't great, haven't been able to take one during the day and want the advice now)
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:30 AM
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

It's good enough as it is, I don't think it needs any further work.
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Old 04-29-2013, 02:59 AM
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Re: Triptych spacing and the gap

nice some anatomy is required for the tree trunks. most of all v nice.take care in leaves

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