Saturday, February 5, 2011

"Paint it Big"

Martine Emdur, Sea Weave V

This close up view of seaweed swirling in the tide, by the Australian artist, Martine Emdur, is intimate but painted on a huge scale: 168 x 183 cm.
Sometimes the only way to make people stop and look at the beauty you wish to convey to the world, is to blow an image up to wall size.
This was the conclusion that Georgia O'Keefe came to about painting flowers:

“So I said to myself – I’ll paint what I see - what the flower is to me but I’ll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it - I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers.”

Other artists have said that there is a right scale for every painting.

A tiny painting can also captivate the viewer if it possesses a gem-like beauty.

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