Contemplating Scale

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I’m thinking about scale. In school we’re urged to paint bigger, bolder, in order to learn confidence and freedom of expression. But then you find a scale that suits you. Not that you get stuck there, sometimes there’s an urge to paint huge, as big as your space will allow! Then sometimes you want to be quiet and paint tiny. For a while I was painting small things huge, taking a little possibly overlooked item and painting it on a scale several times larger. That was fun. Now I’m contemplating a smaller scale, painting little but significant things on canvases that are easily portable, easily collectible, not a huge commitment to display, but easily cherished. What do you think?


2 thoughts on “Contemplating Scale

    dawnmarie said:
    June 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I love your style whatever you paint. I think it is unique.


    fruitfuldark said:
    June 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Interesting topic! I found setting my sites on a small but intimate painting is a good ideal when I am low in energy and experience. I imagine it as a gift that could sit on someone’s bookshelf after I am long gone, and that helps me get the right awareness to do my best, even though it is not a huge, impressive project. Starting a big painting when the circumstances are wrong is a disaster for me, I almost always end up wiping it off – lots of wasted time and paint.


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