Valerie has persuaded me to put some of the Cornwall sketches on the blog. I am also struggling with the concept of scaling up small work painted directly - ie on the spot in one session - to larger paintings in the studio. We bearded Ken Howard about this at the Enid Lawson Gallery the other day and he said 'use a really big brush', which makes sense until you try it! One of my biggest problems is careless brushwork. I have a tendency to dodge that moment when you have to make really positive marks with a fully loaded brush. I can get away with it in a small painting but not in a big one. Anyway, I am trying to scale up some of the Cornwall work so I will show large and small together. I also love developing pastels based on oil sketches. Let's look at that aspect first:
This is the original 8x10 inch Pendeen sketch showing the Enys rock and Levant mines beyond
And this is the slightly bigger pastel based on it. I prefer the original but doing a pastel often sets me off in a new direction - not this time!.
Now the scaling up problem. Two examples, first the 8x10 inch view of Irish Lady and Land's End in oil:
In contrast I think one of the Pendeen paintings has scaled up quite well. I did some tiny acrylic sketches of the Enys from Pendeen Old Cliff. The 7.5x5.5 inch sketch became a 14x18 inch oil painting. Here is the sketcvh:
And this is the studio version: