Point Reyes landscape painting oil on canvas, 60" x 60"

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″ canvas 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″ 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.

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, 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.

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