The start of a new piece, Evening Reflection

"Evening Reflection" 24x24" in process....

Sometimes translating from a small 6x6" study to a larger format is not always successfully done. I've created a few larger pieces inspired by smaller studies and have found it a bit tricky to get the same mood as the study. I have found this happens because the size of the brushes/pastels have to increase accordingly to the size of the canvas/board. Has anyone heard of super-sized pastels? How would I hold onto such a large piece of pigment? So I am reminded that my work is only as good as my materials. I've resigned to do what I can to best capture the moodiness of the original study (below).

"Evening Reflections" study 6x6"


Blogger Donna T said...

Interesting thoughts about mood, Brenda; I'm focused on that myself. I wonder if the lack of detail in our smaller work provides more of a sense of mystery and when we go large we tend to fill the space with more detail and the moody mystery is lost? Nice painting so far! I do like the quiet feel of the small one.

3/13/10, 5:19 AM  
Blogger Celeste Bergin said...

I have every confidence that you will pull it off! It is already looking great!

3/15/10, 8:37 PM  
Anonymous SUSAN RODEN said...

As a pastelist, I know the perils of recreating a larger painting from a smaller sketch. Is a curious thought of what Donna stated - about fill the space with more detail and loose the mystery. I do love the mood you created with your small sketch - such a mysterious feel. Great work.... great art!

3/16/10, 11:03 AM  
Blogger Brenda Boylan said...

Donna, I think you are so right about "the details" interfering with the mood. I will definitely take your thoughts into consideration while I'm finishing this one up.

Celeste, let's hope I can pull this one off. If not, all is not lost, but much gained in the attempt, right?

Susan, I too, love the mood of this smaller one. I think it must be the colors that to create that mysterious sense of calm.

3/16/10, 11:35 AM  

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