once again, I'm not sure this belongs in this forum but it doesn't cover any specific medium so I thought I'd put it here.
How do you all decide on a painting size? Normally I choose not to go above a 14"x17" just because I'm comfortable with that size and it uses up a lot of colored pencils to go bigger.
Now....is the subject something that makes you decide sizes? If I am painting a squirrel I can easily see it as a 8"x10 or as a 20"x22" (or whatever) but if I am painting a lion or elephant (just examples) can they still be an 8"x10" or does the size of the painting need to equal the size of the subject? Ok, not equal but match it better?
Personally I think I would like to start working smaller than larger (except commissioned stuff since that's not my choice) but I am confused. Is there a rule of thumb for that? Or is it totally up to the artist?
I can easily see myself going down to paintings at 9"x15" or smaller but I am not sure if that will detract from the quality of the overall painting.
Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated