July 26, 2020

The intimacy of scale

Hi there, do you ever hear something that you have always felt but never put it into words?

That just happened to me. I was having a conversation with friend and artist, Nadine Renazile, and she shared something about painting at scale that confirmed and clarified my creative experience in my practice.

As soon as she said it, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

Click on the video below to check it out…

Here is the nugget: “Small, tiny paintings need to feel powerful and large paintings need to feel intimate.”

This thinking is the opposite of what I noticed when making both small and large scale art.
It connects to the idea of leveraging differences in our art-making. Intimacy and power complement each other. Our work needs both, but depending upon the scale we are working, one often overshadows the other.

This statement is nuanced, and I am not sure entirely if this rings true for you. It does for me.

“Small, tiny paintings need to feel powerful and large paintings need to feel intimate.”

Let us know in the comments below.

I feel like this is just the tip of an iceberg of learning for me.

Whether you are working big or small today, I hope it is going well.


PS You can see more of Nadine’s art on her website – nadinerenazile.com.
You can also follow Nadine on Instagram – @nadine.renazile

PSS If you haven’t already, join the Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group by clicking here. Every day there is a ton of cool art being made. We would love to see yours too.

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

Join me and artists from all over the world in our Free Art2Life Artists Facebook Group or learn more here about Art2Life.

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