This week I'm working on the drawing pictured below. It measures 16x16", and I'm doing it this size specifically to fit a frame I've already got.
However, as I'm creating it, working on it each day, its making me realise that I much prefer working smaller. I've been pondering on why this is so, and I think there are two main reasons.
The first is that I simply get bored after a certain amount of time working on the same drawing, and as soon as I start feeling bored I've lost interest and just want to hurry up to get it finished as soon as possible, which isn't a good way of working.
The second reason is because I feel I lose the spontaneous, expressive marks when I work larger, as I'm trying to cover more of a bigger pieces of paper.
When I work small (my optimum size appears to be 8x8" or thereabouts) my work is at its best, it's most expressive and I get maximum enjoyment from its creation. They are invariably my most successful paintings, in terms of satisfaction in the creative process. It is probably no coincidence that I always prefer the smaller scaled work of other artists too, and most of the pictures hanging in my home are quite petite.
In a world that often shouts 'bigger is better', I'm gradually finding the courage as a an artist to go against this and make smaller scale art that his true to me and makes me happy!