Painting a big, fat, abstract diptych
Painting a very large painting is a different process from painting a smaller one. You move differently, you handle your materials differently, and you really have to think out what you are going to do a bit differently, too.
I was recently commissioned to paint a diptych that would be 66 inches tall, and 132 inches wide. In other words: 5 and a half feet tall, by 11 feet wide. Oh, what a wonderful freedom! There is nothing like making that first mark on a very large, white space. It’s an incredibly satisfying feeling!
Here are photos of my painting’s progression, below.
I titled my painting, “Her Name is Paramitas“.
Workshop: here are the photos!
I’m a bit slow in getting things posted on my blog, these days, but, I haven’t stopped thinking about the June 21st workshop that I gave, at the new Anthropologie store, on the south shore of Montreal. We painted masterpieces on canvas tote bags.
I lead a workshop at Anthropologie, to celebrate their new store opening. The workshop was full up, and (I think) everyone had a fun time! Here are the pics…
Paint your own tote bag at Anthro’s new store opening!
It is now the day before summer, and us northerners can feel it, in our bones: the harsh winter has reluctantly released its cruel grip on its survivors, allowing us to move about more freely, and enjoy the breezes that gently caress the backs of our necks.
I’m getting ready to lead a workshop at one of the Anthropologie store openings, tomorrow: the new store in the Montreal area, on the south shore (in the Dix30 shopping center). We will be painting tote bags for a couple of hours, in the morning, and it’s free to anyone who wishes to join in. You can click here, if you’d like to know more.
Spring is here!
April showers have cleared off the remaining heaps of snow around my fair city. Crocuses are showing off in bursts of purple, yellow and white. The snow drops and bright blue sillia surprise passers-by with their unexpected accents of colour, breaking the monotony of winter, and punctuating gray brown lawns with their delicate blooms; Most breathtaking, are the gardens that don carpets of blue. It’s been a few long months, since colour has revealed in these parts, and it is a welcome sight. I breathe in the warmer air, and smell all the hope that spring brings with it.
This glut of gorgeous, heady colour feels decadent… The tulips, stretched out as far as they can, show off their beauty, before their petals fall off. It’s time to celebrate spring!
The painting is called “Wide Open”, and it is a painting about freedom and starting over again, with a clean slate. It is about feeling liberated.