Saturday, August 8, 2009

Painting in Different Formats

We so often get caught up in painting in the same formats over and over again: 8x10, 9x12, 12x16 and so on. These are all standard sizes, and they do make the framing a bit easier! But by painting to these dimensions, we get perhaps too comfortable with a certain proportion of length to width. We get boxed in. Sometimes, it's nice to spice up the painting day by trying a different format, one we aren't used to or don't paint in that often.

Yesterday, I pulled out a 12x24 Ampersand Gessobord panel and gave it thin coat of burnt sienna. I was thinking of going out early in the morning today and painting - something. I wasn't quite sure what, but I was hankering to do a painting with more of a panorama. When I got up this morning, I saw we had a stiff wind coming off the bay. I knew the only quiet painting spot would be in the middle of the island. Then I remembered my favorite swamp over on the Glensevern Road. Here it is.

"Southern Head at Dawn"
12x24, oil/panel

2 comments:

Miki Willa said...

This is so incredibly beautiful. I really like it. You captured the early morning feeling perfectly.

Celeste Bergin said...

wow! Yes..that format is just right! five stars--I bow to you man with three names!