For many years I've pondered the idea of painting my pencil sharpeners
and other tacky figures in a larger format. I knew I'd have to
change my technique to do so because I had no desire to recreate the
highly polished surfaces and photorealistic appearances of my smaller
paintings. In my work on
Flowers and Figurines, however,
I recognized that the technique I'd developed for that series would
be an excellent starting point for doing larger paintings.
Two proof of concept works were successful and have led me to begin
Snapshots and Sharpeners
series in a larger format.
A painting previously done as 8 inches square is now done as 20,
which creates a surface area over 6 times as large, and the figure
usually occupies a larger portion of that area. The smaller
paintings would draw the viewer in for an intimate viewing experience
with their fine detail and gem-like inner glow. These new
paintings aggressively confront the viewer with their larger scale and
looser brushwork. Compared to the smaller versions, I feel that these
are less personal but more powerful.
Whether this creates a more compelling artwork is
largely a matter of individual preference, but I hope to be able
to add the power of scale while still realizing the goals of
the original series.
Montgomery Street 1963