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!!

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