Four reasons you need a huge piece of artwork in your space:
1. Impact. I mean, that’s so obvious, but true! Talk about creating an intentional, well designed space!
2. Play your cards right and it can save you moocho moolah.
3. Make your small space seem larger (grander and bold doesn’t just happen in mansions) and, make your large space feel more cozy.
4. You can do this yourself. Seriously. I heard one of my art professor say that if you can’t make it perfect make it big! I was so revealed to hear that. I can paint big! They make giant brushes and cans of paint! We are good to go, folks.
So you want to paint your own giant masterpiece? First, some things to think about…
-Oil ($$$) Of course, the good stuff costs the most. Oil is enduring, luxurious, and my favorite. You will need a canvas or board primed with gesso.
-Acrylic ($$-$) Professional acrylic paint is preferred as it lasts for a long time and doesn’t flake or fade as easily as cheaper paint. However, if you’re not really invested in this painting you can use paint found at home depot. For real. I mean, don’t tell any real artist you’re doing this, but you can. Our secret. You can paint on canvas, wood, or paper.
-Watercolor ($$-$) watercolor paints go a looooooong way. You could paint a whole room with one tiny tube, so it just comes down to how many colors you need. You can also use India ink and create a stunning B/W masterpiece. Paint on quality watercolor paper.
What to paint?
-Work from a photograph or from life.
Don’t be to hard on yourself! You’re probably not going to achieve photo-realism (I’ve never even gotten close!)
-Focus on a simple, bold, modern composition.
Research modern art and go with the “less is more” approach. You’re not hanging this in a gallery. No art snobs are going to see it. Create a composition you enjoy and just go with it!
-paint from your head
I rarely do this because it is much harder than it sounds, but when I do and it works, I love it.
– let the paint do it’s “thing”.
Watercolor + water + salt | oil + linseed oil + mineral spirits | Acrylic + water
If you have any questions at all, just ask in the comments and I’ll get back to you asap!