Most coloured pencil artists prefer smaller artworks and there’d be a number of reasons.
1. Working with coloured pencils can be physically demanding and very time – consuming.
2. Working on large areas takes an extreme amount of patience.
3. The cost of framing large paintings is a real issue for many artists.
4. Who wants to buy large paintings?
5. Are coloured pencils suited to large-scale art?
This can also apply to all other 2D art mediums. People feel a lot more confident and ‘safer’ when working to a small – scale. I notice that on the Internet there’s a lot of work produced that is around 30 x 20 cms. This size can be produced in a relatively short space of time, varying from several days to several weeks. Those that venture outside that size frame certainly are aware of how much time is involved in completing a painting. But dose size really matter? I think it does.
Before I commence any painting I decide on how big it will be. This will determine what kind of reaction and ‘presence’ I hope to gain from those who will see the painting in question. I am after a reaction, and scale can be an important factor in the painting’s success of failure.
I love Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue Poles’ in the Australian National Gallery. If it were smaller, it would cease to be the painting that it is. It has to be big in order to gain the response it ‘needs’.
Small paintings ‘draw’ you into their frames to closely examine what is occurring. Big paintings (should) stand and ‘shout’ at you.
I am not afraid to send my coloured pencils across a full sheet (120 80 cm) of pastel board as indicated in today’s photo of a painting that I am currently working on for an art prize. In this case time is not an issue. I want my image (story) to be ‘in the face’ of each onlooker. I want this painting to ‘shout’. I have the patience to get the job done, but I work in bursts of a day here, half a day there, complimenting this painting with another slightly smaller one, that is another from my ‘Brick’ series.
Just because one works in coloured pencil doesn’t mean that one can’t think and paint big.