Well, the big painting is back. If you recall how it looked when I left it and compared that stage to how it looks above, you might wonder what all the fuss is about. However, the renewed work is a big deal in terms of painting problems and their solutions. I stopped work because I didn’t know where to put the foreground items, namely the famous froggie teapot, the blue jay figurine, the seashell and the black teapot (temporarily ochre colored in the version above). I drew them over and over, recall, and posted the drawings here. And you weren’t the least bit bored to see froggie teapot and the blue jay drawn again and again and again and again and again, were you?!
It does pay off though. Let me tell you, putting that seashell in that spot, for instance, was an order of magnitude easier for having drawn the object so many times. So, now that the painting’s things have places, I feel that the rest of the painting can proceed. The great irony is that I have no idea what exactly the painting is going to look like. I just know now that these particular objects are going to sit in those locations. That difference, however, is enough that I can continue.
And whenever I get stuck on matters of detail, can you guess what I’ll do? More studies! (Secretly, of course, I love drawing the studies — don’t tell anyone.)
I have 2880 square inches to fill with colors, doesn’t that sound wonderful ….
From my blog, I see that I began this project around the end of May. July is ending. That’s not a bad time scale for a large picture. See, there’s another virtue in blogging, it helps you keep track of the days and puts things into better perspective.
Anyway, the real painting begins. Wish me luck!
Here’s another link to an early stage of the picture:
5 thoughts on “a big painting is just many smaller paintings stitched together”
That’s a great way of thinking about a big painting, lots of smaller paintings stitched together. I’ve loved your smaller drawings
Not every large painting is stitched together, of course, but certainly this one is — as you well know, Rosie — it’s like a quilt of the drawings. Pattern is Bonnard’s so it’s like I got a sewing pattern!
I identify with this approach because I also love pattern and mark making, which I haven’t until now associated with painting. You are inspiring me to try ☺
Music to my ears! I love it whenever anyone feels inspired!
Oh yes, really enjoying using thin washes of paint and making marks with them