Monday, December 9, 2013

size makes a difference.

oil 36x36
Taking a small painting and making it work as a large piece is not as simple as just sizing up. A different size requires a different look. This painting had this smaller 13x12 pastel as its inspiration. Some painters will grid a small painting and copy it.  I find that a larger painting needs a larger life.... it's not longer an intimate jewel.... it's more of an experience that you enter.
small pastel 12x13 (about)
In this one it no longer felt right to stream the trees across, one tree wanted to be the star. Enter sky.  This painting had so many metamorphoses.....I can't count. Yes, I had a thumbnail, but this was a bossy painting. Maybe that's what red is.
Now it will sit till I decide..done, or not.
BTW Due to the ice storm on Sunday the Waverly Street Gallery will continue the special holiday party on the night of the opening reception So please come join us on Friday, December 13, 6-9pm


Cheryl Peddie said...

Lovely pieces, Loriann, and great explanation of why some small compositions don't look right on a large canvas.

Brenda Boylan said...

HI Loriann,
It's no doubt that the upsizing takes on a whole new personality, especially if taken from a plein air study. You did it justice here and is just as bold as the small 12x13". Love it! Love the colors!

loriann signori said...

Thanks Cheryl and Brenda,
I find the only time I can truly upsize a small painting is when the intent from the start was the bigger size, not the small one.....and still it needs its own life. Thanks about the color brenda!

Caroline Simmill said...

What a lovely painting Loriann, It makes me feel happy and warm when I see it and imagine walking into a room with it on the wall. Beautiful colors.

loriann signori said...

Thanks so much Caroline!!!!
Red has been obsessing me!