Friday, April 16, 2010

This is the start of something BIG

It's not done yet, but I wanted to share some progress on a larger painting I'm working on.

Sketch Stage

Stage 2

Stage 3

This painting is 36" by 24" on a 2" cradled artists panel. Holy cow. That's a much bigger size than I usually paint. I've been working on this painting in stages for about a year, leaving it for long periods of time and coming back to it. I've taken photos along the way and I thought it would be interesting to see the progress. I've painted this view down Berkeley Street in Boston not once, but twice before (both SOLD) but those were about one sixth of this size. It's quite a different experience painting it so large.

I find it less daunting to think of it as several smaller paintings so that I don't get too anxious and try to finish everything at once (I normally can complete a painting in 1 or 2 sittings). It's been fun using my larger painting knives and adding the impasto helped when I hadn't mixed up enough of a certain color.

Next time I photograph it, I think I need to include something to show the scale. The goal is to complete it by our show in June so stay tuned for the reveal of the final piece.


martinealison said...

Very big and beautiful work with this painting... Thank you to show us the evolution, i lkie that.
Best regards.

Autumn Leaves said...

Wow, Ann! This is a powerful piece and I thought I'd recognized this beautiful street view. I can't wait to see it finished with something to show the scale. Gorgeous!!

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