I just finished the largest picture I’ve ever painted – 31 x 50! Before that, my largest painting was 18 X 24.
My inspiration was a large brick wall on my screened in porch.
It’s been bare for as long as we’ve lived in this house. Every year I say I’m going to put something on that wall. We talked about cutting a piece of wood in the shape of a slice of watermelon with a bite taken out. Somehow that never happened. I thought my husband might paint something, but that didn’t happen either. So I decided to do something myself.
I painted a small 16 x 20 sunset scene several months ago and decided this would be a great project to tackle on a larger scale. My husband made the “canvas” out of wood. Good thing it wasn’t any bigger; it just fit on my work table. To finish the edges, I had to walk around the table to get to everything.
The size was intimidating. I experimented with different size brushes, carefully putting down ribbons of color. I found that you can’t be timid when you are working big like this. As I added color, I got bolder – yellow here, red there, and then purples, blues, pinks, white, lots and lots of paint. The brush strokes became looser, and I found myself thinking, it’s only wood and paint, Go for it! The freedom of being lost in color and design was incredible.
So here it is, a virtual visit to my screened in porch to see “Happy Hour.”
© Lynn Wyvill 2011