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Go Big or Go Home

From left to right: Tangerine Dream (gel print that's 8x12); Tangerine Dream 2 (acrylic on 16x20 canvas); Tangerine Dream 3 (acrylic on 8x8 canvas)

So they say… Well, as an artist, I've always struggled with going big. Somehow a large canvas is just more intimidating than a smaller one! The largest canvas I’ve ever worked on is 24”x24” and I’m not sure that will change anytime soon.

To work on this, I just challenged myself by buying a pack of 16”x20” canvases. I plan on taking some of the cool gel prints I’ve done and trying to recreate them as larger pieces. I also like this idea since canvases are a little easier to display (side note: Palette 22, the restaurant where I “work” as a resident artist, no longer allows pieces under glass, so I need to branch out on canvas to display more art there).

I just finished the pieces above, patterning them after a gel print I did titled Tangerine Dream. Experience told me gel printing doesn’t work that well on canvas, so I reverted to acrylic painting with a brush(!), building layers and using a few texture tricks to mimic the effects I had on the original. The pieces turned out fairly different from the original, but I’m pretty happy with them.

Hoping this process will help me go bigger in the future!

Here is another gel print I used as a "study" titled Bermuda that I recreated as a 20x16 canvas piece.

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