Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Finishing Up and Heading Out



What happens when one print edition is recently signed and numbered and two more are hanging out on the drying rack wearing their final layers?

Trips to the coast to paint on site, of course! I took this photo last Monday right at the end of my light. Eventually the sun sets even on the longest day of the year. 

The painting looks huge in this picture, but it is only 8"x8". I have settled into this size for outdoor painting (and its close relative, 8"x10") because they are large enough accommodate bold brushwork but small enough to finish an idea in less than an hour. Both sizes fit in my handy Raymar wet panel carrier, so I can carry 6 panels and have my choice of rectangles or squares. When the compositions turn into prints - if they are lucky enough to be exciting enough for that - they can grow as needed.

And future prints growing in size is the plan for the next few months. Large paper is on the way here and the E-24 at DM Penny Press can handle an entire 22"x30" sheet. I happen to have some plywood in the studio big enough to push these limits too. Why not?

There are actually a lot of reasons "why not" - big mistakes leading to wasting a lot of paper and ink and wood being the most obvious - but I don't want to focus on that. I just want to play and see what happens. The two most recent large prints, Turbulence on Appledore and Upright Wave, turned out great, so I'm going for it.

Lest we forget how fun little prints can be, though, here are two process pics of the latest ones. The finished version of this print is the one on the top left:


And the final version of this one is top right:


Hurry for finished prints of all sizes! 

What size art do you like to collect or make?
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