Is Bigger Better?


A New Balance, 36" x 36"
A New Balance, 36" x 36" SOLD

Changing my challenge this year to paint 20,000 square inches, Art20K, instead of amount of paintings, as in last years goal, #Paint 52, has been quite thrilling.  I have found myself painting much larger and in turn experiencing much more freedom and joy painting. Creating a body of work feels more substantial painting larger and more conducive to preparing for a show.  Although, I love painting larger, I have found myself asking questions about the upside and downside of painting large vs. small.


Is it easier to market smaller paintings than larger, due to their affordability?

As an artist, should you make sure you have a balance of sizes available for market?

Does certain subject matter demand a larger format?

What are the advantages of painting larger or smaller?

What are disadvantages of painting larger or smaller?

What tools are needed when painting a large painting, that may not be needed when painting small?

Is studio space an indicator for size selection?

Does painting large equal being a serious painter and more appropriate for gallery representation?

Is intimacy affected when painting larger?

What are your feelings about painting large vs. small?


Thank you for your responses always love hearing from you and hearing your perspective.

*ART20K footage completed 3,540 square inches

*Painting above, Title: "A New Balance", measures 36" x 36", Atelier Interactive Acrylic on museum wrapped canvas (no need for framing), Price $3240.00 SOLD

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!