How Big Is Your Canvas?

I like to work big. As a textile artist I have the ability to add fabric and add more fabric, you get the picture. I don’t think that bigger is better, but I find having a large surface allows me to explore and express more fully. I do find working small a great challenge and when I work small, although challenging, I find it just as rewarding.

According to actor Danny Kaye, “Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.” Those are words of wisdom to live by and explore on an ongoing basis. Close your eyes and picture a Jackson Pollock painting. He worked large and the large surface gave him not only the ability to use a lot of paint, but it required great physicality. He would run around the canvas or find ways to disperse the pain from above the work.

I think it’s one of the reasons that people enjoy viewing murals, because they’re large. Seeing a work of art on the side of a building or a wall in the lobby of an office building is exhilarating. A graffiti artist often works big because they’re medium, spray paint, is best suited for that surface.

Your life canvas can hold lots of experiences. It can reveal hidden moments from your unconscious and allowing them to emerge is healing. What happens when you transfer the experiences from your life canvas to an actual canvas, how does it translate? Are there hidden ideas, emotions, experiences that emerge more prominently as you remember them? What shows up in the foreground and what recedes to the background?

Live your life as if you’re painting the world’s greatest masterpiece because you are the greatest masterpiece!