dreaming of…

mixed media and oil
4×4 inches

Just received word that this painting sold at the gallery in Florida. It’s always nice to get an unexpected check in the mail! I’ve done several variations of this image before. I think I may have one more in me. We’ll see.

Last time I was at my studio I actually counted the number of blank canvases that I had. I had a stack of 5x5s and 6x6s. Very few 4x4s left. Some 8x8x and fewer 10x10s. I’ve really been getting this feeling of wanting to work large. Like, big. When I began painting again I started out small as a way to just get warmed up again. Plus I was used to creating mixed media pieces for journal covers that measured 5×7 and 6×8 inches. I liked the small intimate feel of these canvases.

But something in me is pulling me towards larger. I wonder if the smallness of my studio also has influenced the size of my paintings. hmmm. Something to think about.

Well, I have a stack of small canvases that I will attack and hopefully send out into the world. And then onto larger. Excited about the idea, but a little anxious too.

I will be making a solo trip out to Chicago this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed.


  1. Hi Bridgette, I do think the size of your studio does play an important part in the size you choose to paint. I know for me, I can’t stop painting larger 30″ x 40″, but I have to have some smaller things going,too. I can only work on one large piece at a time. It will be fun to see what you decide.

  2. Now that I have the space, the larger pieces are easier logistically, and I’m able to work on more than one at a time if I want. And I find it easier to work on the small pieces at home. I think it’s because it’s a more intimate space.

    I, of course, have seen one of your LARGE pieces, and I’m excited to see what you’ll come up with now.

    Don’t know what the trip to Chicago is about, but I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you too it you’d like. 🙂

  3. I never thought about it, but I am itching to paint big, I have done a few 24×24, but since my studion is still masquerading as my kitchen, working ona piece this big throws our whole family like into chaos for a few days.
    Have a safe trip.

  4. This is a beautiful piece. Congratulations to you & to the person who now owns it! When I was in school, I always worked big, and I’ve lived in places where that was possible. But I’ve been in a very small place for a long time now & have found that it has definitely influenced my working smaller. The cool thing is that, like you, I like that intimacy. I like the fact that a person has to really get up close to the piece to view it, as opposed to standing back several feet to take it all in. It happens to me, too. Until I posted the picture of a big painting, I’d thought it was incomplete; had, in fact, thought of gessoing over it & painting something else. When I saw it small on the computer screen, I realized it was fine & even finished. I don’t know if that’s revealing about ME or the art!

  5. I, too, “sleep and dream of cradling warmth.” Beautiful words emerging (or are they hiding?) among the light blue sky. I love the simplicity if this piece–as well as the yearning.



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  7. Congrats on another sale. I love this piece and the peacefulness in it.

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with on some larger pieces!

    Good luck in Chicagoland.



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