It will never be seen up close
Here’s today’s progress on the commissioned triptych project.
I tend to produce paintings on a smaller scale, and they’re usually highly polished and detailed. That kind of work by it’s very nature invites close inspection, and I’m used to seeing people actually getting their faces into the paintings – literally looking at them from just a few inches away.
That feeds in to my working process to some degree, since I know that my paintings are likely to be be studied and appreciated in a very close way. I know that appreciating the intricate details are part of the experience people have with my work.
When complete, these three will be hung over an archway, at least 7 feet above the floor. Although the collectors reminded me that they’re a tall family, they’re not quite that tall. It’s likely that these pieces will never been seen as closely as my other pieces, at least not routinely.
Knowing that has subtly changed how I’ve approached these pieces. I’ve thought less about the fine detail and more about the overall impact.