New Big Painting
Every year I do dozens of paintings. (I never thought I'd say that - DOZENS!) Most of them are small or medium sized (think 5"x7" or 8"x10") and that's ok, but I really look forward to the big ones. Why? A few reasons:
- Big pieces can be more powerful (not just because they're big, but because that space allows for more complex and interesting compositions).
- I get to incorporate new techniques I've learned into a statement piece. At the end I get to see my own growth as a painter.
- I usually don't give myself a deadline on the larger pieces like I do the smaller ones. So I get to really sit with bigger paintings and fuss over the tiny details. WHICH I LOVE TO DO.
That said, here are some progress shots of the big one I've been working on lately. It's 4'x2'. I've already painted the fox completely, shaved off 40 pounds or so from his belly (somehow he got comically fat as I was painting him), moved his forelegs around, changed his feet three times, and done major surgery on his head. It's still the wrong shape so he won't likely look like this when you see him next. And now as I'm looking at it, it appears that his forelegs are still too stumpy.