When I started my latest painting, I had the idea of splitting the original image in two and doing two separate pieces that could stand alone but could also possibly work together. I blogged about the first half yesterday and was really liking the painting as it was. As I worked on the second painting and I put the two pieces together, I am starting to think they belong together. Yes, each piece can work separately and they look fine, but the way the two work together is even more striking that the two pieces alone.
I've never been able to successfully paint a diptych. One side was always stronger than the other or the pieces felt forced. I like the idea of multi-paneled paintings but whenever I tried painting one, they just didn't feel right to me. I finally gave up after trying a few in my "nature" series. I never thought that my latest work would be something that could work as a diptych.