Acrylic on Canvas
48 x 36 in/121.9 x 91.4 cm
Copyright Byrne Smith 2016
I like to think I'm a practical person as well as painter, so the reasons were practical.
First, I had this large stretched canvas that I have been moving around my studio and house for the last four years. I don't remember why I bought such a large canvas or what I planned to paint on it. However, its wrapping had become tattered, and I was afraid it would get damaged sitting around on the floor even though I tried to take care.
Second, I had a very nice reference photo taken by a family member of a panoramic landscape along the Southern California coast. In my mind's eye, a painting of this view would require a large format to help showcase the broad view and high sky.
Thirdly, I had plenty of acrylic paint in my palette colors on hand that would be needed to cover the 12 sq. ft. of canvas.
Finally, I have blogged about large paintings before and decided to take my own advice. Here are links to those blogs: 9 Tips for Painting a Large Canvas (with Acrylics) and Where and How to Hang Large Paintings.
So, as you can see I had good reasons to paint large, and it was about time I did!