Making Lemonade out of Lemons
Back in March, I wrote about the Hazards of Scaling Up, meaning that a successful small painting can be difficult to replicate in a larger size. You can read more about that here.
I have an example of successful small motif that I have not yet scaled up with equal success. Looking at it now, I see that it is not cohesive. It needs more overlap among the elements. Making everything even bigger than I did might have helped too, but that is hindsight. Also I think the charm of the small scale paintings is the fresh, simple look. Making the painting larger, I got much more literal and detailed, it was not the same.
So now what do I do? I made lemonade out of this lemon. Since the main issue is that the elements look separate, I decided to separate them. I made 8 small paintings out of this large one. Initially this painting was on a full sheet of watercolor paper, which measures 33 x 22. The daisies pulled out were an obvious choice. I then looked at what was left. I enjoyed adding elements to grassy sections, I am especially happy with the sea turtle! I rarely paint sea creatures, so this inspiration opened a new door for me. Can you find where the little paintings came from in the first try?
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Melissa Tai is a lifelong creative, nature lover & tree hugger.