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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

From Study to Larger

"Another Sur"
oil on canvas, 16" x 20"
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I actually completed this piece yesterday, but didn't have time to photo, correct and post it until this morning.
Two days ago, I developed a small study from a photo of Big Sur. Yesterday, it was painted 16 x 20 on stretched canvas. I notice that as things become larger, the painter is confronted with the challenge of imparting more interest into each shape via line or texture or color variation or some stroke manipulation (more texture). The last two weeks of work on strokes has benefitted this painting, though I am sure there is much more to learn and incorporate.
The rocks in the foreground look nothing like this. Creativity enters the process when the design calls for a lead into the image. These rocks were designed to draw (no pun intended) the viewer deeper into the image via a triangular shape and various directional edges with some interested opposition along the way. This is the sort of challenge I enjoy.
Again, I was reminded how great it is to paint larger work. I actually look forward to the day when I can do works 4 ft x 6 ft or larger. Now, thats painting!!

6 comments:

Nava said...

4' by 6' that should be incredible! They had a landscape show at the Triton with some huge paintings - the impact is extreme, as you feel engulfed by the scenery.

I guess size does matter, some times.

Robin Weiss said...

Nice Job Mike! This painting works on a number of levels. I like the distance achieved and color harmonies. The rocks leading you into the landscape worked well.

Hank Z. said...

Very nice feeling to this one, Mike! I like the depth you achieved, and the wonderful grays in the back. Great light and color.
All kinds of neat shapes and colors in the forground...

Mike said...

Thanks, Robin. I suppose you can see my watercolor training all over this piece, eh?

Mike said...

Mister Zee . . .Thanks! I gather you are seeing some lessons come to life here, eh? ;-)

Mike said...

Nava . . . I REALLY
want to make BIIIIIG paintings. But I have to get my brushwork together first . . .and another few hundred paintings under my belt.

Experience ALWAYS makes up for size!