Big Big Big!

Painting of Point Reyes

Point Reyes, oil on canvas, 60″ x 60″

Earlier this year, Aerena Galleries my representation in wine country, asked me to create a series of large paintings. Specifically 60” x 60” or larger. I was excited and a little nervous to take on this task, having never painted that large before.

Me with a 60″ x 60″ for scale!

There were so many factors to consider, from selecting inspiration, ordering and delivery of large canvases to laying out enough paint on the palette. One obvious consideration was I will need to use large brushes. I did my best and learned along the way. I still think I can improve upon how to have enough paint ready for such a large surface.

Afternoon Light, oil on canvas, 72″ x 48″ a work in progress

When deciding what to paint I thought of some of my favorite places to use for inspiration, like Point Reyes and the Russian River. I wanted to keep it familiar while I learned how to go big.

California Summer, oil on canvas, 60″ x 60″

Painting this large requires the full use of my body. It takes a lot of energy to make this work. Not only is painting strenuous, moving the canvases around was a challenge. I was barely able to hold them on the sides to hang them on the wall for painting. After each session I needed to soak in a warm bath to soothe my muscles.

Painting in Progress: Point Reyes, oil on canvas, 60″ x 60″

I have 6 blank canvases waiting for me. The largest is 70 x 70! I’m looking forward to starting on a new series of “biggies” in September once I finish all the paintings for my solo show in Texas at the Glade Gallery at the Glade Cultural Center. Tranquility and Light opens on October 4 at the Glade Gallery Foundation Gallery

You can see all of the large scale paintings online or in person at Aerena Galleries.