|"Nubes de Sangre" by Tom Mallon CLICK TO ENLARGE|
Triptych CompositionIn the above figure, the painting is broken into these three distinct areas, marked with white white lines. Notice that each of the areas has a major anchor foreground object, which are highlighted with a blue box. First the motorcycle, then the pedestrians and finally, the parked van with the artist’s self-portrait. Lastly, there are the yellow direction arrows indicating the physiological movement each of the anchor objects promote. The motorcycle faces in. The pedestrians are moving out. The parked van to the far right faces in with the driver’s image reflected out in the mirror.
|Three Intra-Compositions in One|
Eye Movement Supporting CompositionThe highlighted figure below illustrates how evenly the painting is driven by composition elements and corresponding eye movements. The left hand side of the painting drives down and into the Basilica to the far right with the Basilica and sky driving in an equally opposite movement to the upper left of the painting, perpetuating a counterclockwise movement.
In the figure below, the blue lines separate the overall compositional elements. The red arrows indicate the eye movement. So who says paintings have to be static?
The painting was completed in oil colors and measures 49 inches wide by 25.5 inches high.