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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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Old 01-23-2018, 04:43 AM
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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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Old 01-24-2018, 04:22 AM
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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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