I am in the planning stage of the largest painting of my 30 year career as a visual artist. The dimensions of my proposed painting are 8 feet by 12 feet. I know that bigger is not necessarily better but this project represents a challenge to me that is compelling. This is new territory which is important for an artist as a way to keep creatively alive. You can not just keep doing what you know how to do, it is essential to take on projects that take you out into the deep water where your feet can't touch the bottom. You either learn how to swim or you drown.
I learned something the second year of ArtPrize standing in front of Chris LaPorte's winning entry titled Calvary American Officers 1921. When I had first seen the image shrunk down to my computer screen I wasn't impressed. It looked like a nicely rendered quaint old photograph. It looked like work of a talented 2nd year Kendal student. When I later stood in front of the actual piece it was a completely different experience. I had to actually walk back and forth to take it all in. As I got closer I found my self swallowed up by this drawing. There was something about seeing all those countless pencil strokes working together to create one immense image that just floored me. I now think back to how this experience reminded me of the power that a large scale work of art can have on the viewer. I want to create a piece that will force that kind of emotional reaction in part by its sheer size.