Enlarging studio studies

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Recently I’ve completed several small color studies in the studio, four of which are shown here. They are all possible candidates for enlargement, but like selecting a new shirt, picking just one can prove difficult. This is where you come in.

Would you please vote for your favorite…JUST ONE…and list it below in the comment box? I have presented this same request on my social media sites and the feedback has been helpful. You, the readers of this blog, are the final piece in the selection process.





These small color studies are done on 100 pound, archival, gessoed paper; all are just 4.5 inches vertically. Obviously, because of their small size, they are only a guide for the much enlarged piece; composition, color and values will be adhered to but the larger works will require much more refinement and detail. Typically, when beginning an enlargement, it’s very important to maintain the exact proportions of the study; for example, a 4 x 6 proportion is identical to a 9 x 12, 12 x 16, 18 x 24, 30 x 40, etc.

With a properly proportioned canvas selected, I use a grid system to transfer the composition of the study to the larger substrate. Typically, I divide the study and larger canvas into fourths, both vertically and horizontally. Drawing begins on the large canvas either using diluted raw umber and a brush, or for more complicated works, vine charcoal. Once the drawing is set, the process of blocking in shapes of approximately accurate value and color begins. Several of my blog posts show this process of creation.

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