I just finished my 2nd largest canvas ever! Feels so good to say that! Not going to lie, this piece took me a while to bring forth. It went thru the typical cycle of paintings. I thought I would share them with you…as I am sure you can relate. I have some photos in the various stages to share.
This 24x48x1 canvas. On an easel in my studio. You can get an idea of the size it is in proportion to the chair in front of it, right? Yeah, big for me.
I started off roughly knowing what I wanted to do (so that was a plus) and I put brush to canvas and got started.
Then came the ugly awkward stage. The stupid…give up…walk away and never come back point. You know the one. I hated this piece. So much of what I’d done wasn’t working. Frustration wins for a few days. Maybe even weeks.
There is always that voice that says trash it. Start over. Try again. But, there is a small voice that says keep going. That’s the voice…the whisper…that I listen to. That’s the voice I know best.
It gets better…promise.
See? A tweak her and there…less black outlines, and a major nose and mouth redo.
So I had the woman looking better. Thank you, Lord. The next struggle was a biggy, too. What to do with the sky? What color…what mood am I making here? The colors say as much about a piece as the lines do.
So I took a risk and went to work. It worked! Better than I had even imagined. I love it when that happens. Risk = good!
Here is the finished piece.
My hubby hung the 24×48 yesterday and we had the big reveal.