With last night’s painting I am asking myself if what I am trying to achieve is looser and better brushwork while standing at arm-plus-brush length from the canvas, why am I using little toys for models that are sometimes as small as 1-1.5 inches high? I can barely see them from my vantage point, and find that I do have to move in closer from time to time.
On the other hand, I am really enjoying painting paintings of these little toys, even though their tiny size is not as conducive to my loosening up as, say, a basket of apples would be. Well, it’s all a process, and with each new (almost) daily painting, I learn a little more or gain a little confidence. Tonight, I was quite pleased with a few really good brushstrokes, and sometimes, that’s enough. 🙂
As with all of my small still life paintings here, it is painted on a 1.25″ deep gallery wrapped canvas with the sides painted black, so it is ready to hang on a wall, without a frame (it would also look great in a floater frame).