|Heather May with my painting at Mackinac Islands Museums Art Gallery|
|In up scaling the small painting to this new one found a few things that I had to do different. One I could only work one side of the painting at a time. Being so large my color palette could only hold so much paint. So I planned out the sections to do and started with the trees on the right. Those being my darkest darks are aways a great place to start. The other thing about painting larger was the color itself. Defining my warms and cools colors took more studying. Everything stood out so much more. And the size of my brushes. Big brushes, big ideas.|
|The next section of the painting to tackle was the left side with the houses. Here again little details didn't transfer up nicely and took a bit to figure out. But I remembered painting it the first time and knew the fun things that were coming up to do. But at this point, I'm trying to block the beast in loosely.|
|OK, blocked in painting. I remembered the snow covered street tying everything together, so that's why I worked the painting like I did. If I had to stop somewhere I knew that would pull it together. There are lots of things to work out here yet, but I was feeling good about where this painting was going at this point|
Details, details, details! The life of this painting is in the details. At this point things are resolving themselves pretty fast. the light posts are in, the details of the house windows are on there way, and the trees behind the houses are taking shape. The sky has now had some real attention and has been cleaned up.
So there you have it making a mountain out of a mole hill in painting. Thanks to Heather May again for her wonderful inspiring photos to work with and I hope you like the painting I sent you and to the art collector who challenged me have this big painting framed and ready by Christmas. I hope your wife is surprised.