I am posting a couple of pics of my latest WIP. This piece is 12×24, and I am loving working on a different sized canvas. Because of the size, I find I have to stand to do some of the painting. It is amazing how just that difference frees up your brushstrokes. No wonder the kids I used to teach all wanted their time at the easels! So much of the time my work is smaller and I am sitting hunched over it. What a mood lifter to stand in front of it and use my whole arm while brushing the paint on. I kept thinking of a line from the movie ‘The Money Pit’ when the composer tells the painter, ‘Smooth strokes, up and down. Paint, don’t tickle.” I would encourage you to step out of your box, and try a different size work than you are used to. Stretch or shrink into it and allow your creativity to take control.
Here is a picture of my WIP. I have added some flowers to soften the edges on the bottom, and I have them flowing out of her hand to represent the abundance of natures gifts. Her hat is now adorned with a colorful band and another little flower, while faint images of butterflies flit around in the background. Now I get to start on the little finishing touches. This is probably my favorite part in the process. I like the piece now, and it always amazes me how the finishing touches, while seemingly small, will make such a huge difference in the final work. It’s all in the details. I love to try and draw the viewer in for a closer look, letting them find little unexpected touches on closer examination. I hope to get some studio time today, but if life gets in the way today, the anticipation of nearing the finish line will keep me happy.