It started like this, a huge piece of primed canvas (160 x 258cm, the end of the roll), stapled to the floor.
It took up so much of the floor that I had to stand on it to get round it
After a while working on it on the floor, I got Malachy to help me hang it sideways on the wall
And then I turned it round the right way
I taped off the edges, built up more layers and thought it was done.
But something was unbalanced
So finally I took the plunge
There she blows!
Here’s a closeup
And here’s a photo montage
A good day!
Beautiful piece of work! I love seeing how other people’s work can progress because it reminds me that my works don’t have to be finished on the first go! I’m also jealous of your work-space… 🙂
Wow! I love the scale of this. It must feel great to actually ‘get inside’ your painting!
Thanks – nice to think about it like that – you’re right – the bigger paintings really ‘envelop’ me somehow – quite overwhelming in a way. Need a break now from the big pieces – challenging myself to draw every day in January, which is very hard as I’m very rusty – #outofmycomfortzone lol ☺
Looking forward to seeing your drawings!
Aaaargh – different ballgame all together! Not ready to share in this blog yet (though there are a few already on Instagram – @lizdoyleartist )
Thanks for your encouragement ☺
I love the image itself. LOVE it. Seeing it live and large must be stupendous! I’ve never painted over 4×6 on canvas, but I have painted a few murals, and it is hard work… And I love painting big. How do you describe knowing when a painting is complete? For me it is a feeling of “just right”.
Thanks so much Katie. It’s not very clearcut. I have heard someone else say it’s when they start loving the painting, that’s close I suppose. But I often think I’m ‘there’, then change my mind and work on again. It’s the most illusive difficult to describe awareness. This one just said to me ‘there you are’ – or I suppose ‘here I am, finally!’ ☺
I think that I ‘d like to ask several favorite painters how they find the end of a painting…..
That would make a great article or blog – maybe even a whole book ☺
I enjoyed looking at your paintings here online very much and imagining you on the rocky rim of Donegal. I am from Co Derry and just bought ‘Barcelona Arches’ from 1708 Gallery in Bushmills. I am a poet and art writer and would like to write about your work sometime. Please put me on your mailing list. Many thanks,
Delighted to hear from you, and thrilled to hear you bought Barcelona Arches! My email address is email@example.com
I would be very pleased to hear from you and we could discuss meeting up perhaps. Best wishes, Liz