|Behind The Scenes|
Acrylic on paper-image size 10" x 13" matted to 14" x 18"
Recently a family friend asked me if I was ever going to paint anything larger that 9" x 12". I told her that I was planning on that very thing. I ordered some larger paper and so will now be able to paint a little bigger: 11" x 15" and 11" x 17" (image size) and matted to 16" x 20" and 18" x 24", respectively. This isn't a lot larger but a couple of inches isn't bad. Storage of the resulting pieces is always an issue. I soak the paper in water too and staple it to a board which means that I need a bigger board. Using a different substrate is a possibility also. I have three larger boards that I can try. It's funny (and I wonder if other painters experience this also) but the issue of painting larger has a very real psychological component to it. Is my idea worthy of a larger space? If I keep things small no one will notice that the work isn't good or that my concept isn't right. (I am actually not so sure anyone is paying attention anyway!) It's really a fascinating discussion. Larger work has an inherently larger presence but does that make the work better? I have seen plenty of very small works such as photographs or drawings that use the smallness of the space to deliver a powerful impact. Small works grouped together can also be very strong. I have also seen a room full of incredibly large pieces of photo realistic artwork-it was extremely disturbing both in content and size. I still carry some of these images in my head. I have to believe that selection of scale is integral to the art making process. Size does matter:)
OK, hope that the week gets off to a good start for everyone. Thanks for reading and commenting.