working B I G
For the past year, I’ve been working small… really small. I think the average size of the paintings might have been 5×7 or thereabouts. Come to think of it, it’s possible that the biggest paintings I’ve done in the last year were a pair of 11×18 plein air pieces I did over the summer. This wasn’t really conscious; it’s just that on some level it’s good to do a lot of work, and on another, small pieces are a lot easier to sell.
Everything moves in cycles though, and I’m now in the middle of a body of large works. I’ve decided to treat the paintings I made in Mexico as field sketches to be developed into larger works, and I’m also doing several companion still lifes based on Mexico-related themes, to be placed next to the landscapes. At the moment, I have 2 large (for me) canvases in progress (I’m lucky beyond words to have two studios to work in, so I can engage in simultaneous projects without undue disruption); in my home studio, I’ve got a 20×24 still life well underway, and in my downtown studio, I just began work on a 24×36 landscape (of the city of Guanajuato, painted from the surrounding mountains).
After working in one format — very small — for an extended period, it’s a real liberation and excitement to make a big shift… literally… I have 6 canvases 24×30 and bigger, primed and begging for paint. Images to come soon.
And… about last night’s open studio… the lights look great, I had some sharp new frames on a few pieces, a pretty decent crowd, and most importantly, I sold some art… so all in all, a good night.