Last week a wonderful plein air painter, Laurel Daniel
posted a very informative "step by step" of how she'd done a really big painting.
(She usually paints on the much smaller side.)
It was so helpful to me, as I am attempting a similar challenge.
A few months ago, a friend had given me a huge blank 5' x 3' canvas.
So during a recent heat wave,
I decided to crank up the air conditioning and attack it.
I had to bungee cord the thing to my easel!
I covered my taboret with freezer paper to use as a pallet.
(A la Ken Auster)
I did a grid and
blocked in my map using red charcoal.
A big mistake. It made a mess.
I blocked in the dark and light sides of the figures
the same way I do my small paintings
using much bigger brushes
Then roughly blocked in the background just to define the figures.
So, this is where I am.
I'm not sure if I will finish it
or just cover it up and start over.
Here is my read on painting huge paintings so far:
1. Details are important so you have to get it just right.
2. It's harder to just make a stroke and leave it.
3. You have to use an extraordinary amount of paint!
4. Not to mention how much time it takes!
So it's a huge investment!
My short attention span and need for immediate gratification
has kept me away from this.
Now, I know why!
Be sure to visit my Patience with Patients blog
to see what we did today!