Just finished a 3 day workshop here in Central Florida. Great attendance with 18 people of all ranges of talent and abilities. Each day I demonstrated different things with small paintings, 12×16 divided into quarters, for example. But on the last day we went into the park on Park Avenue in Winter Park and parked in the park were a bunch of fancy cars. I had promised to demo a larger painting, so I did this 30×30. 12×16 is a good demo size, so is 16×20 but a 30×30 is like a wide screen tv. It’s a lot easier to see what is going on from the standpoint of the viewer. It forces quick decisions with no noodling. Cover the ground as fast as you can and go for the big shapes, dividing the shapes into smaller shapes later.The truth is if you are using large brushes and big amounts of paint, it takes about the same amount of time.
The surface here is gesso primed wood but the gesso is thick and very textured which helps to break up the strokes and let what is underneath peek through. This is a painting that I would probably never put in a gallery so I had a quandry about what to do with it when it was done… sand it down? As it turned out, sort of serendipitously, the owner of the car has a really good friend that I just happened to run into at the bank and he bought it as a gift for his friend. Nice.