Just lately I’ve been trying to upscale my paintings from art journal pages to larger canvases- this is my current challenge- I might say, obsession. And discovery no.1 is that it’s not just painting the same but larger. As soon as brush hits canvas the voices begin….It’s scary! the decisions are endless and it’s impossible to finish! And it takes way more paint!
One of the ways I’ve worked at overcoming the obstacles is to try and think about things in advance a bit more. This need to plan goes against the grain of intuitive, meditative, subliminal painting I have done in my art journals. But I have covered too many canvases with too many layers of paint only to start again in an agony of indecision and dissatisfaction to believe that I can just wing it completely, at least while I’m learning. Painting in a series of smaller, quicker, more fluid studies, and sticking to a common colour palette and theme allows me to try out different compositions, and I’ve surprised myself that these can turn out to be pretty decent pieces in their own right.
It’s been fun painting these studies. It feels like a hopping off place between my work in journals and the wide open territory of the larger canvases. It’s playful and loose and organic, which are values I would love to migrate with me to canvas very soon.