Growing Pains – Arizona

I’m currently experimenting with scaling up my work. I often work between postcard size and A4 and having enjoyed wrestling with something a little bigger recently, I decided to go one step further. I bought a box of 20 inch x 16 inch canvases, opened the box, took a deep breath and dived in.

I tore into this experiment quite hastily. So far I have five works in progress and having paused for breath, I confess I’m not quite sure where I’m going…yet. I will share them all with you soon, and right now, here is the one that is currently catching my eye.


The working title is Arizona – there’s a sense of heat emanating from the work.

I applied the orange as a watered down acrylic wash. This is the first time I’ve watered down acrylic and I like the way a few heat spots have appeared on the surface. I didn’t want complete coverage, so I’m happy that the brush dragged a little and allowed a few grains and bumps of canvas to show here and there. The blocks are painted in titanium white.

I can’t decide if this is finished or not. I’m torn between enjoying the simplicity and feeling there is something missing. I may hang it at home for a while and see how my feelings towards the picture develop. More to follow soon

Author: Doug Shaw

Artist and Consultant. Embracing uncertainty, sketching myself into existence. Helping people do things differently, through an artistic lens.

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