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Winter Dawn. 11x14, oil on linen panel. 2016

Winter Dawn. 11x14, oil on linen panel. 2016

As the title of this post suggests, I've started to use some of the sketches I have on hand to create bigger paintings.

In this case I went from a 5x7 sketch to an 11x14 painting, which felt like a comfortable step. As the painting scaled up, some of the areas that had little detail in the sketch started to look too bare. This was a problem mainly in the foreground so it was fairly easy to add some extra texture to give more interest.

I mixed far too much paint, and had enough left over after finishing that was able to use it to create another small painting. I used one of my plein air sketches as the starting point and painted it in a winter setting.

Winter Fields. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2016.

Winter Fields. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2016.