Big Ideas in Small Packages

Big Art Can Come from Small Canvases!
Big Art Can Come from Small Canvases!
Trying to flush out ideas can be frustrating. While the concept can pop into my head at any time, (at work, in bed, in the shower, in the car, etc.), I often find it difficult to develop that idea into a fully realized work. I sometimes write the idea down and then try to come up with a single sentence to describe the feelings and thoughts that I would like the painting to convey. Every piece of work that I complete means something important to me. Just painting objects that I see is usually not enough for me. I want the painting to carry emotional weight and deliver it to the viewer. The benefit of this thinking is that all of my works contain a part of my heart. The drawback of this thinking is that I only complete 4 to 6 paintings a year. Well I have completed 4 paintings to date, but would you believe I am trying to complete 3 more before the year ends? If the size of these paintings were large then I would concede that I had no chance to realize that goal, but all of these works are just 11”x14” and typically that size only takes me about 2 weeks to complete. The best part is I already have the ideas flushed out. Yep I think I’m on to something here; if I develop more small paintings then I end up with more works completed by years end. I would like to up my yearly target of paintings to 10-12 because eventually I hope to try to get some gallery representation. To get a shot at entering a gallery, I need a larger portfolio, but that is way down the road. Well I’m about to complete another painting so I will be back shortly with much more. Happy Autumn!

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