This is Rheanna 7. She is a just finished seven-foot-tall acrylic on canvas. I painted her on an unstretched canvas which I plan to roll and ship to Kuwait next year for my show there. Yes that really is me sitting in front of her.
So what is it about big faces? We are attracted to faces – it is our nature. If I fill the canvas with a big face then there is little room for external leading context. I think this along with the large size and closely cropped face creates an elevated sense of intimacy and maybe it encourages you to create the narrative. That is important. Beyond that, I have no idea why big seems to work better than small but for me it does.
From the beginning I always wanted to go big. I think 80 x 60 inches is my sweet spot. People can walk up to the 80 x 60s and become immersed in the painting and then step back for a totally different experience. This size fits in my studio, I usually don’t need to stand on a stool, I can handle it alone and it feels big. I like that.
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