Began a new painting yesterday, though I didn't go with the square format as originally planned. I really like these tight crops, and this one is even tighter, and larger. At 18x24 it's the biggest piece so far. I often shy away from large paintings, but it's good to challenge yourself now and then.
I actually really like how it looks at the moment. I'm just blocking in the light and dark, giving the horse and rider form, but there's something about the loose brushstrokes that really appeals. I'm much more carefree with the paint when blocking in the undercoat, something that I wish I could do with the final touches. I sometimes get too "precious", as one of my art teachers used to say. I think with this larger piece, because there's more information, more area to cover, I could attempt a looser, less controlled look. That's the plan anyway.