“West of Eleven” is a still life focusing on composition and triads. Initially the viewer should be intrigued by the subject matter enough for the brain to immediately go to work categorizing the items; even if it is just as far as shape recognition. Simultaneously and subconsciously the brain will discern that the path the eye is following forms a triad. Once the brain thinks “triad” it should begin to see all the triads that hold this painting together. I used this shape extensively but some of the more important triads I incorporated; those that convey depth or direction, are formed by the tension between points. Some of the triads form arrows, literally pointing you in the direction I intend. Color is incorporated for stops and direction. Texture is important for interest and breaking up the visual space. I integrated both polished and raw surfaces on both sides of the painting. And let’s not forget the shadows that subsume the painting; created with color and texture they give weight and shape to the hidden central object, portray both reflected light and the depths of darkness in the unseen corner. Coming full circle of the main triad, the tension on the rope eventually pulls the focus “out of the box” and purposefully deposits the viewer where they stand at that moment. The viewer is the important part of the painting.
"Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you." - Thomas Jefferson
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