The Bigger Picture

This year I challenged myself to paint on larger canvases. I did not go crazy-mural big, but more like something I could feature on an accent wall, or above a couch. I wanted to go for more impact, something to see from 10 feet away.

I generally paint on small panels when I am out Plein air painting. I can usually complete the work before the light changes too much that way. Painting fast and on location continues to teach me about observing color, shadow, contrast, and composition. You have to think fast, and strive for accurate colors, or push some color.

But painting on these smaller panels confines you to that space. I find it difficult to get the brush work I am hoping for. Since I have been working towards painting looser, using smaller brushes on small panels has not helped that process. So this year, I painted several studio pieces that were 18 x 24, 20 x 20, and 24 x 24. It has been a long time since I painted large canvases and I really enjoyed it. I also discovered a love for city scapes, interiors, and storytelling scenes.

I feel I have stories to tell, and painting larger has offered a substrate to that goal.

Many of these works are available, so please contact me if you are interested.

As always, remain well my friends,


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