36x36" oil on canvas
I've been working on some larger pieces lately and I'm enjoying the challenges of painting big. Getting the drawing right is probably the biggest challenge. I remember seeing an old black and white photo of one of the impessionists with a paintbrush in one hand and a photo in the other. Must have been Degas. It looked awkward to me at the time, but now that's exactly what I'm doing. For smaller studio work I usually paint from the computer, but on a large canvas I find it much easier to get the drawing right by using a photo as reference. The other challenge is keeping the brushwork loose, especially when painting structures. I was pretty happy with the way this one came out, especially the rocks in the foreground. This painting is of Marshall Point in Port Clyde, Maine.