April has been a month for big paintings. I finished a commission of a Garrett County farmer on his beloved tractor. It was a surprise gift from a good friend. It measures 36 x 24 and will be hung in the gathering space of a large barn. I enjoyed painting this image from a 10 year old photograph.
Also, this month, I’ve taken on the challenge of upsizing a previous artwork. The original was painted en plein air at the VA outlook of Great Falls. It is 16 x 20 and was painted in 3 hours or less. The new one will be 36×48. Now that’s a good size painting! Luckily, I still have a photograph that I took onsite. It will help me with some of the details that are only suggested in the original. Great Falls is an excellent subject for a large painting. It practically requires it. I’ve grown to love this river after growing up nearby and spending many days in and around it. The Falls are truly breathtaking when viewed in person from both the VA side and the MD side. I have previously painted the view from the MD side so I am very comfortable with this mighty subject. I will update the blog as the painting progresses. I am using the biggest paint brushes I have!