Recently, I painted my biggest piece of painting – a 30 x 40 inch canvas. It is no wonder a humongous task. It took me about an hour to set the background ready for the actual painting. It was an amazing 4 hours in the evening, from start to finish.
The first four hours, I felt that the painting is complete, and let it dry and went to sleep. When I woke up and saw the painting, I did not like it so much. I felt it was not strong enough to project the idea I intended it to project. It needed more refinement.
I worked on it for about an hour in the morning, refining the edges and adding more details. My reflection of ‘Dream on’ then felt ready. I have used my favorite colors at the moment for the painting base – representing the joy of dreaming.
A tint of turquoise, and multiple shades of blue, with a doodly dream-catcher and several circles depicting the circle of thoughts and dreams we tend to have revolving around the subject of interest – I felt it is all there. I also tried symbolizing life in the painting. Try to guess that from the painting?!
Working with shades of a particular color and adding details in a contrasting shade gives a lot of leverage in terms of what is being represented. A canvas as big as this one unlike being difficult to tackle, was easier to think big and add details. One huge minus when I did this one was not having enough large brushes. I had two half-inch flat brushes and I felt it took too much time for me to work on the background with that size.