In the past I have been working fairly large, but recently I decided to play around with smaller works. "The Koi Pond" measures 25"x 24". To me, that is small. I feel more comfortable when working in the 5 or 6 foot range. I find it challenging to achieve a free gestural stroke using wrist action as opposed to my whole arm. None the less, this small size makes it possible to work much faster using less material. I consider each piece I complete a learning experience, so working small, in theory, should increase my learning curve. In practice, though, working smaller set me back. I had several miserable failures as the confines of the edges of the panel curtailed my freedom and imagination. I had to make a mental shift to this new scale. "The Koi pond" was the first successful attempt at reducing my images. When a photo of the image did not scream out "I am small", I felt I was on the right track.
"The Koi Pond" 25"x 24" polished pigmented cement on panel