|Mourning and Black-Throated Blue Warbler. Acrylic painting in progress. Copyright 2020 by Ken Januski|
Because I'm uncertain about both of them, though generally happy with them, it seems silly to write about them. But there is one thing I did notice in painting most of my new acrylic paintings, especially when compared to many of my older acrylic paintings of birds. These do not seem crabbed. They don't seem like they are fighting for room to breathe.
I used to have a very large live-in studio where my 6x8 foot paintings were dwarfed by the 12-16 foot ceilings. When we moved to our house all of that changed. I could barely get my paintings in the house and I certainly couldn't paint any more that size. Even a 4x2 foot painting was extremely difficult to do because I couldn't back up far enough to see it.
So I went to smaller sizes, 9x12 like these, and some smaller and some larger. The problem with most of them, especially as I look at them now, is that they look spatially constrained, like I didn't feel comfortable painting on such small canvases. The big surprise with my new paintings is that I DO feel comfortable. I have no idea why. But I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.
I should add that I think one of the things I don't like about the Curlew and Great Cormorant painting that I also showed here recently is that it does look spatially confined. I'm not sure whether or not I'll be able to fix that.