Sunday, June 29, 2008
I've had the luxury of working on some larger paintings for the past couple of weeks. It's always more of a challenge to make a composition work on a larger scale, but I love the impact a bigger painting can make if done well.
This painting is an enlargement of a 12x16" study I did at the beginning of this year. I posted it here along with the Willa Cather quote that originally inspired my to paint it - the gist of it is how big the sky is out West, dwarfing everything below it. I liked how the study turned out, and wanted to explore it a bit further. In the bigger version, I pushed the idea a bit further, increasing the scale of the sky compared to the mountains below, and exaggerating the curvature of the clouds to add more movement. I also added a bit more complexity to the foreground and added some more of the city lights, just to underscore how small we all really are here.
On another note, this was the first painting I've done on canvas this year, and I HATED the surface. Guess my obsession with smooth panels will continue - now I need to find something suitable for bigger paintings...
I've got a few more of these larger paintings on the easel, and after a weekend of relaxing I'm chomping at the bit to get back into the studio and work on them!