Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FROM SMALL TO LARGE

The original of this subject sold immediately at my workshop in San Angelo last month. Three individuals who saw the original plein air version contacted me to ask if I would do another. I agreed to do another, but at 24"x30". Thought some of you may be interested in seeing the results.

When I get a good result from an original study painting, it sometimes comes under consideration for a follow-up version.  Going significantly larger is fun, but requires some new strategy.  What works well in a small version can be easily lost in a larger.  Why?  Well, The aesthetic information contained in the smaller version may carry plenty of impact, but appear rather anemic in the larger because there is so much more "real estate" to develop.  This points up the fact that an interesting painting is not so much about the "thing" it represents as it is the treatment of its design opportunities and entertaining the eye. I've posted the original and the larger version.  You should be able to pick out  which is which.  Try to observe what has changed and why.

ON A BROKEN LEDGE
©Jimmy Longacre 2014
24X30 oil on canvas panel

Jimmy Longacre
subjective realist landscape paintings


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