canvas magna-phobia

Picture this: big canvas, 1 metre square. Seascape underway. A couple of early images were posted last week in last week’s blog. Underpainting slowly disappearing, but layers building up reasonably well. Lots of movement, using new GIANT brush. Almost finished. At least time to leave it for a while.

storm wave, South Australia 1mx1m

A visitor (with strong artistic eye) – no comment, until sought. Her suggestion was: more drama – darker darks to make it pop.

Next step, a big one: FEAR!

Big canvas (expensive). What if it doesn’t work? AVOID! Checked emails, made some coffee, read some blogs.

Creative Something‘s blog turned up: Creativity as a process of discovering solutions –  “Sometimes you might be letting fear get in the way of the perfect, obvious solution.” I took it slightly out of context but it was clear enough.

Get on with it!

storm wave, South Australia, 1mx1m

storm wave Philippa Robert

Night light washes out the colour, but so far….. Should I be even more afraid?

This canvas is at least twice the size of my recent paintings and about 10x the size of some. The subject matter dictated a large scale not completely foreign but unfamiliar. Just outside the comfort zone.

Does this happen to you? What is your comfortable canvas size? And what happens when you change it?

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6 thoughts on “canvas magna-phobia

  1. This work is brilliant, thank you for sharing the process. Personally I like to work large but my domestic situation dictates that I work small – frustrating perhaps yet every challenge comes with a gift…

    1. Thanks clinock. you certainly pack a lot into your pieces then. They are quite dense onscreen. my studio is not huge but is virtually an enclosed small garage so is about car sized! I suppose too, every gift comes with a challenge?

    1. Hello Hansi.Old school is gold school, yes! I enjoyed looking at your drawings. Thanks for your comments too. I think we just need to keep on with it without being our own harshest critic.

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