Painting Large

Recently, I painted the largest painting I had ever attempted.  With the canvas measuring 48 X 72, I knew there would be challenges but also benefits of working with large brushes and not feeling cramped by a small substrate.

I was delighted to find the experience was not nearly as intimidating as I expected.  There were considerations such as mixing enough paint to cover an area before the acrylics began to set up, finding a large enough place to hang the canvas while painting, and having enough room to step back to assess my progress.

What I discovered in the process was freedom.  I was able to put my entire arm into the brush strokes.  The size was no more intimidating as starting on a small blank canvas.  I found working on the composition was actually easier than on a small substrate.  The freedom of larger brushes and more canvas allowed me to not get caught up in tight details.