Experimenting with smaller canvases
Impulsively, or lets say “creatively” 😊 — I decided to start 2 smaller-than-I’d-been-working on paintings, 2 : 8x10s on canvas. I had no plan, other than trying out two differing approaches to begin with….
Dreams of the Sea I began (for the 1st time) with an inlay of gloss medium laid on “relatively thick” to see how the laid, or I should say, my application of paint would feel and eventually turn out. The soft gel gloss, I think, wasn’t thick enough to let the paint generate the glaze looks I wanted. I could’ve reapplied more, but decided to just go with it & see what would happen 😊
A New Moon I began more in line with much of my recent work, with a thick inlay of light molding paste, modeled in a 3 piece could-be-anything structure, so it lent itself pretty easily into a landscape.
Starting out, I was worried – after working on larger pieces for the last few months – I’d feel to constricted by the 8×10 size and not get anything done.
Then I was rushing (eager) to get started I didn’t think out where to leave space where I could sign my work.
Immediately I thought, heck, I’ll be done in a few hours!
Well, all 3 were wrong, or mistakes, lol!
Lessons learned (-)
I very quickly re-adapted to working a smaller size (8×10), and found that, despite the smaller than 16x20s to 18x24s & 22×28, plus a gallery wrap 12×24 I’ve been working recently that –
- I ended up spending almost as much time, 2+ days, on the smaller pieces as on one just a bit bigger (see sizes above)
- I tended to put as much detail, and work the color nuances of those details, nearly as much as with similar larger features in the larger works
- With my abstract, I shoulda had a larger focus point vs something that could spread out over a larger canvas more clearly visibily
- I definitely paid for not allowing a space (or pre-carving my name into the gel/paste, like I often do with larger work) for my signature, and had already balanced out both images where I had no good spot to use without disrupting the work; had to work my name onto the canvas, then re-balance that part of the painting with the rest of the piece
Lessons learned (+)
- Small works can still be quite fun
- Smaller canvases (or paper) are still a good way to experiment beyond the usual
- A small image can still pack a wallop is worked right
- A lot less paint etc is needed, lol!
- Less $ to frame
Meanwhile, I still have my focus on finding my way into more and more larger (than 8×10) work.
Once I have these 2 new pieces on Fine Art America I’ll post again on them.
Right now I’m considering them finished, with Dreams of the Sea “possibly” still getting a bit more done on it. I’ll have to see how the surface & overall impact appear to me the next few day 😊
My finishing-up evaluation of this experiment –
Oh, and though I think the abstract is more “fun” than my landscape, I do think, in the final result of each piece, the impressionist landscape is “ahead” of the abstract in terms of finish and overall look. Not too surprising since I spent the 2000s doing all impressionist pieces, and it’d been since the 1980s since my purely abstract days!
My larger newer abstract work though is, I think, beginning to catch up in quality 🤞🙏 ☺️
Creativity is a path with lots of side paths, but they do eventually I believe, either merge back to, or become the main path! 💕
Thanks so much everyone!
ps – I chose another new painting (Dec 2021), Peace, seen below, for my related-Twitter-pic image because it seems a nice blend ‘tween impressionist & abstract 😊
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This is lovely work, Felipe. That surprised me too – a smaller painting never seems any less work!
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That’s for sure! I’ve been tinkering on a 6×6 inch this morning I thought I’d finished, lol! And thank u so much for the lovely compliment! ❤️
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