A fellow artist friend , Louise Sutton has been encouraging me to paint larger. For her that means three or four feet, but larger for me means two feet. There is something about staring at all that space that strikes fear in me. I have produced larger work by combining smaller pieces but that's cheating.
Over the last several days there's something bubbling up in me that makes me want to go for it. I've done a series of smaller pieces 4 x 6 in. that Louise thinks would make great fodder for a large work. I think because I have figured out the composition etc before, that it would just be a matter of increasing the scale. It will be interesting to see if that is really the case or will I have to make the work a lot more textured or layered to make it interesting.
These are the pieces I'm considering using as inspiration. I'm aiming for much looser and interpretive. Let's see how that works out.
If you have any tips for confronting and mastering painting large, please pass them on.