Friday, November 26, 2010

Family Portrait 2010

I tried to paint this in secret – like I had done with the Small Critters on Bikes. Painting in secret while Amanda was at work or after she went to sleep and then just hang it up one night or afternoon and wait to see how long it took for her to notice… unfortunately, being somewhat LARGER, it was considerably harder to hide away – the small critters could be tucked in a book… this beast… not so much…

Anyway Amanda found out I was painting “something” – having spied the back of the large painting hidden away in basement. At that point I pretty much had to just show her lest she build up in her mind some sort of brilliant masterpiece that no physical painting I could ever produce would ever live up to.

(Remember: click on the pictures below to see a slightly larger version)

Family Portrait 2010, November 2010, Acrylic on MDF, 81x59cm

This is the biggest painting I’ve worked on for quite some time. It was fun, but challenging… Same level of detail on larger painting = lot more work (and a lot more time!). It almost felt like the high productivity level I was feeling just a month ago ground to a halt. It almost did… the last week I was almost sick of it – and the stuff that needed to be done was just fixing up wonky little details… ugh… it was hard to motivate myself to work on it, but impossible to move on with other projects until this one was finished.

Well finished it is. Time to move on to something else…

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