|Violetta, Mary Rose and Helen paint a triptych|
(The Plein Aire Cottage Artists - Mary Rose Holmes, Helen Tilston and Violetta (Shtumeyzen Chandler) - we have been painting together for eleven years.
Recently they got into creating triptychs, (pronounced trip' ticks) or three-paneled paintings. Each artist paints a third of the scene and when they put the three finished pieces together, they create a cohesive and colorful whole.
It's a special kind of teamwork for artists.
"Starting in the 1980s, a lot of artists learned to work collaboratively, so there's a precedent," said Lynn Whitelaw, director of the Leepa-Ratner Museum in Largo, who is familiar with the Plein Aire artists. "But I don't know of three artists that have worked together like these three do."
There is a certain harmony among them that transcends style. "They share the same aesthetic," Whitelaw observed. "Their styles are complementary, but each is distinct. There are subtleties in their individual creativity, so you can identify each artist.")
(Taken from The Tampa Tribune 2009- by reporter: Esther Hammer )
|Spiritual Estuary A triptych. Helen, Violetta Mary Rose (one panel by each artist)|
We scouted around and a suitable vista was established
|Violetta checking perspective and the beautiful Indian Rocks Beach is visible between buildings|
|Violetta and Helen, check the sun and shadows and know that our unbrellas will remain folded due to high winds|
|Mary Rose taken relief from the hot sun in the shade|
A vista was selected and several sketches produced. We settled on this sketch.
|Sketch for Triptych by Plein Aire Cottage Artists.|
|A pair of talking birds entertain us - the one on the right had a wolf whistle that turned heads|
Do you have original art work in your home? Are you familiar with triptychs?