Through the unending generosity of my wizardly father, I have access to a huge painting space now. I will show pictures eventually. For now I am really just in awe of it, and adjusting my mental perspective to truly acclimate to (and to truly accept) the space. I am not worthy.
But, I started my first large painting in a while. Here are some pictures along the way.
As usual, I had no idea what I was going to paint at this point. So I just followed my gut and went with yellow as a first layer. I use so many layers in one painting that I often start by just laying a ground in a certain color. That usually will inspire the next move.
See? It's yellow now.
Then I have to decide something, anything! So I decide to block in some tree-like forms and colors, responding to the horizon line visible at the farm where this space is. I added some sky with a HUGE BRUSH which was so delightful. Painting big is new for me, really. In the past, I have tended to piece small works together to make something bigger.
Here are the results at the end of Day 1, a full 8 hour day of painting, as posted on Instagram. I used a weird filter on this photo. In real life, the painting is bright and has neon shades in certain areas.
As you can see, I paint with very watery, wet acrylics. I let the paint drip and I work into it later, after it dries.
And, finally (for now), here is the result of the end of Day 2, another full 8 hour day of painting. This day was about refining and adding small details. I approach sharper details with gouache. Also important, I use a hair dryer to dry paint between layers. For years, I would just wait for layers to air dry. I get quadruple the amount of work done now that I dry it manually. It's a trick (if you can even call it that--it's common sense!) that I picked up at the commercial screen printing shop I work in.