Thursday, August 22, 2013
"Happy Together", 25x35,oil on wrapped canvas, Maryanne Jacobsen art, still life, oranges, sunflowers, roses, pitcher, window seat
I don't often paint larger works, unless it's a commission, mainly because it takes a lot of paint.
But after being in a rather apathetic spell all week, I decided that I needed something to focus on. This was the result.
I started gathering a bunch of stuff together and placing it on the counter in the kitchen. Painting large in the kitchen isn't really such a great idea. It certainly makes cooking a lot less appetizing, lol. Yet it affords me the best space and light, so that's where I often end up, when I am painting larger works.
Here's the arrangement I finally came up with after much trial and error:
The idea of a window looking out over a pretty countryside came together towards the very end. I had to construct the scenery out of imagination, and in the end, I was happy with the overall result.
I wouldn't advise this method, however. I almost wiped this out at least a dozen times. Next time I paint a large piece, I think I'll try to have a better plan in place!