It is not very often lately that I make time to create something for my own home, but we had this huge empty wall that was kinda killing me with its boringness. It was an opportunity to go big, which is something that I don't do very often. The size of my canvas is 60 inches by 48 inches. I had a hard time fitting it in the car people, this thing is gigantic. There is a sense of commitment that overwhelms me usually when I think about going big. I so much prefer to be able to knock a piece out in a couple of hours, compared to a couple of days or even a week that a large painting like this takes. Anyway, I'm thrilled with the results and I thought I'd share with you my process with this piece.
The first step was to do a digital sketch on my ipad in Procreate. This allows me to play freely without the stress of mess ups. I lay down a loose mock up so that I know basic layout and color combinations before I start painting. Once that was finished I began painting. I block off the large shapes of color a section at a time until my space is filled. Check out my instagram feed for some video of this part of the creation. Some colors need three to four coats to completely saturate the canvas. Sometimes I even change my mind about a color after it dries and paint over it completely. This part of the process takes a ton of paint! It took me several days in the studio with podcasts and netflix inthe background to complete the base layer on the painting.
The next step was to add details. Before I start painting smaller patterns and begin overlapping the colors, I take a photo and import it into the same drawing progam
to finalize my details. I draw directly onto my photograph of my painting so I know which direction I am heading in. I find this process saves me time and paint so that I don't make mistakes. Once I am happy, I begin painting again using my digital sketch as a guide.
Adding details to the painting takes another couple of days in the studio. I'm not going to lie, I rarely know when a piece is done. There is a lot of adding paint and stepping back to review the composition as a whole. But in the end if it makes me smile, and I can sit and look without being nagged about something, than I call it done.
This was such a fun experience and I would love to do it again soon. I would even love to try a mural somewhere in Columbus! If you are interested in a custom large piece for your home please contact me by email and let's make it happen!