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Old 01-22-2018, 09:45 PM
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Question Addicted to making large-scale art?

When I first started painting, I began working on small canvases, and gradually went bigger and bigger.

Now I'm at the point where I can measure my canvases by the foot, not the inch. When I go to the supply store, I am impressed by the large canvases, and tempted to buy them, even though I would probably need a bigger easel, and I definitely do not have the storage space to create large-scale work, nonetheless a place to hang them on a wall.

I've developed this subconscious belief that small work is amateurish, and bigger pieces confirm true artistry, somehow. Pretty sure that's false . The size of an artist's work doesn't equate its quality.

HOWEVER...question for you:

Are you addicted to making large-scale art?
Do you think bigger art is better art? (I mean, it can look impressive, but not all art is intended to impose on people!)

Tell me what you think.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

To me the best art explores the subject and tells us, the viewer, something about how the artist viewed the underlying essence of whatever they are painting. If you need some space to make your statement as you explore then that is a very valid reason to go large.

Vermeer found he only needed small canvasses to explore while Rembrandt used a wide range of sizes.

Size has nothing to do with being amateur or professional, I’m proud to be an amateur it just means doing something for the love of it.

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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

you'll need more than a bigger easel.
bigger brushes, paint tubs, walls, vehicles, galleries and bigger ideas.

4x8 feet is fun, 4x4' is fun; 36x48" is fun and manageable - i don't go larger than that anymore because it's too hard to transport and fit into spaces.

you might want to consider exterior murals for the full on big experience, super fun, super big.

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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

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When I first started painting, I began working on small canvases, and gradually went bigger and bigger.

Now I'm at the point where I can measure my canvases by the foot, not the inch. When I go to the supply store, I am impressed by the large canvases, and tempted to buy them, even though I would probably need a bigger easel, and I definitely do not have the storage space to create large-scale work, nonetheless a place to hang them on a wall.

I've developed this subconscious belief that small work is amateurish, and bigger pieces confirm true artistry, somehow. Pretty sure that's false . The size of an artist's work doesn't equate its quality.

HOWEVER...question for you:

Are you addicted to making large-scale art?
Do you think bigger art is better art? (I mean, it can look impressive, but not all art is intended to impose on people!)

Tell me what you think.


no.. I used the power of "lack of time" and the feeling of "I am too tired after a full day of work" to force me into small works :P Works wonders :P
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

It is really fun to make art on a large scale, but most of the pieces that blow me away are small, not big.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

I have the same illness as you do-- not that it is bad. Museums tend to like huge art-- mostly modern-- I guess that my interest stems from that. With the large size of homes these days, people want a main focus that is larger than they once had in houses. Houses used to be smaller than 1000 square feet, unless it was a huge farmhouse. Rooms were smaller too. Now they have these mansion-sized houses with huge clear stories and celestial ceilings and all kinds of big blank spaces for art. Public buildings also tend to be large.

Moving art is quite a story. I used to work in a field where many large "mural-sized" art was shipped. They would roll it on carpet rolls, and put the frame pieces in separately, or ship them taped together separately. The receiver would put it together in situ.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

It's not always what you say but how you say it.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

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Agree. A Vermeer is close, intimate. If he had painted these same themes super large they wouldn't be personal at all, and they would probably be much weaker paintings. Rembrandts Jewish Bride is reasonably large and looks powerful in person. Had he made it small it might have looked cheesy.

What are you painting? What do you want to convey to the viewer? Quiet, calm, intimate? Bold, powerful, overwhelming? Something else? The subject matter, the mood, the color palette.... all will guide you to the proper size.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

I have always been addicted to making bigger paintings. I believe it is human nature. We believe we must make a big statement. It probably goes back to my first museum trip where the old masters paintings covered an entire wall. So I associated their big paintings with what I need to produce to gain any recognition.

What changed me was looking at what sold to the average individual. A well known art dealer in my area told me he would love to sell only 10" by 14" oils, acrylics or water colors picturing flowers, kittens and puppies - all day long. He claimed he could sell 10 times as many of those as he could sell bigger “fancy”paintings. He claimed”... they come in here, grab the 10" by 14 and buy it on the spot. The bigger stuff I have to sell my blank off... "

Ever since 90% of what I paint is small...with the occasional glimmer of wanting to be Claude Monet and paint a Giverny mural...
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No, not at all! One of the largest awards I've ever received at the local art competitions I enter was one of my smallest paintings--an 11" x 14" of a cityscape.

My primary concern with painting large is how in the heck I'd ever store them.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

Thanks for your response. Yeah, I can see why smaller paintings sell more easily, as opposed to large statement ones. That's definitely a good thing to keep in mind!
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Agree. A Vermeer is close, intimate. If he had painted these same themes super large they wouldn't be personal at all, and they would probably be much weaker paintings. Rembrandts Jewish Bride is reasonably large and looks powerful in person. Had he made it small it might have looked cheesy.

What are you painting? What do you want to convey to the viewer? Quiet, calm, intimate? Bold, powerful, overwhelming? Something else? The subject matter, the mood, the color palette.... all will guide you to the proper size.

well said. love your point here.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

I like to use a big canvas for the simple reason that I have recently begun doing portraits, and it's harder to put in the small details on a smaller canvas. I sketched my most recent portrait on 2 different canvases before I finally faced that fact that what I really need is a 3 foot by 3 foot canvas to make it work. So I threw away all my hard work, and started over on the 3rd canvas, finally happy. Also, I think that when a person uses a big canvas it does send the message that this person is serious about their art. What comes to mind is that painting, "Sunday in the park" by Georges Seurat. It's 10 feet by 6' 10" and when you get up close it's really just a bunch of dots ! And then to think, the Mona Lisa is only 2'6" by 1'9".
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

I can agree that small doesn't mean less; nevertheless, I admit I'm more likely to be impressed by something larger than smaller.

I believe if something is big enough, it can get away with less careful composition (especially if you can only take in parts of it at a time) and even less care in paint-handling (if you have to stand back a long way to view it all). The mere size of a wall-sized painting can be impressive.

I wish I could "play big" but like so many, space restrictions, transport, and the cost of art supplies all force me to work smaller. . .and more carefully.
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Re: Addicted to making large-scale art?

Your story is my story, i went from 30X40cm to 120X200cm canvases, from small impressionistic works to abstracts. Yes large art looks better to me! (the most famous artists are known for their big frescoes!!)
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