It seems that the majority of my paintings lately have been on the small side. Small paintings can be nice little jewels, but more so they are great opportunities to work things out... brush strokes, values, palette development, etc... without a big commitment.
Monday, I decided to put on my big boy pants and paint larger. I had been looking at this reference photo for some time now deciding on how I could break it down into shapes. That worked really well for laying in the background with the cook, wine rack area and for the stuff on the counter. When it came to the barstools though, it was a lot of drawing with the paint... lots of lines and negative space!
My goal was to keep a painterly energy moving in the painting . I was surprised that at the end of the day I was finished and it had turned into an alla prima work.