Working big

I rarely post about the commissioned pieces I work on. But this triptych was so much fun, and I learnt so much from it, that I had to share it.

I usually work small: an 8×10 or 11×14 inch piece is as large as I work. So when I got asked to work on a set of 3 18×24 inch pieces, I did wonder about what it would take to work that large yet keep the loose lines and mixed-on-paper washes of my smaller works. But I was also excited at the possibility of working outside my comfort zone, trying something I wouldn’t normally try.
sky_test On the left are the colors I decided to use for my twilight sky. On the right, my first piece, edged with frisket, just before I painted in the sky.

It’s hard to see the detail on pieces this big, but I’ve tried to compare bits of the image I shot as I went along so you can see how I built it up. The two images in each of these sets aren’t an exact match, but they’re from (sort of) the same area of the painting, shot at different stages along the process.

I started with a pretty strong first wash of color over my linework. Usually, all my color goes in in one wet-in-wet wash with very little added later, but with a piece this big, I did add in a second wash for depth. I tried to work wet-in-wet as much as possible and did as much of my mixing on paper as I could, which was quite challenging at this scale. Why? Because allowing colors to mix on paper allows for happy accidents, surprises and granulated puddles of color, all of which I love. At the very end, I added highlights with a white pencil (for subtler bits) and gel pen for stronger lines.
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And finally, here they are, the set of 3 pieces that shipped off yesterday to their new home.
finished-3_smallIf you are interested in an original piece of art, I’m always happy to talk to you. You can always contact me at suhita@gmail.com

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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74 Responses to Working big

  1. Carol says:

    Beautiful pieces Suhita. Looks like So much detail. I paint in oils very big. To stay loose I stand and paint from the shoulder.

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  2. Grace Haverty says:

    Great job. Just as free and loose as your smaller pieces. Thanks for sharing with us. Grace Haverty

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  3. Thanks for posting these Suhita. I enlarged them to have a better look and they are wonderful. Despite being so big they still have your characteristic lines and lots of loose washes and I imagine that’s hard to do at this scale.

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  4. waynejacques says:

    Beautiful work Suhita. You were able to maintain your looseness.

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  5. Margaret Hunt says:

    These are gorgeous. Curious question. What kind of sketchbook do you use?

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  6. They are wonderful, Suhita. You pulled it off.

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  7. Carolyn Fitz says:

    Thanks for sharing these glorious fresh , larger than usual, renditions …I’m sure your clients will be delighted! Also, appreciate all the sharing you do about colors you use, your favorite sketchbook paper, white gel pen use ( they are the “pop” needed sometimes, aren’t they!). Thanks, Suhita!

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  8. Chris says:

    Is that Yupo paper you were using for the large pieces?

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    • no Chris, Yupo would create a really different effect where I’d be pushing pools of color around the paper forever. I work wet-in-wet and mix on paper in most of my watercolor work, so this is just regular watercolor paper. cold press.

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  9. brad young's art says:

    Wow! Amazing. I really love the sky background with the stars…Very cool!

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  10. sophie says:

    Beautiful !!

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  11. joelkings5 says:

    please i would like to be in contact with you

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  12. jjadams100s says:

    So inspiring! Thank you!

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  13. These are so rad!!!!!

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  14. Lovely! Ethereal yet majestic! Intricate! Fabulous creation 🙂

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  16. sabeetha23 says:

    Awesome paintings

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  17. serahsiew says:

    That is amazing! Thanks for sharing with us. 🙂

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  18. guplu says:

    Its real feal

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  19. Nice work. Loved it.

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  20. amermh says:

    Reblogged this on amermh.

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  21. How can I post something on this page. Please guid me.

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  22. YASH101 says:

    Just out of curiosity , what is the theme of this art?

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  23. Sandeep says:

    Awesome! 🙂

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  24. yourmelaka says:

    Great job.

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  25. Ellie Murrell Art says:

    Really good. Love a triptych. Check out my page?

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  26. tarunjain115 says:

    This is cool great work 🙂

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  27. karinas9801 says:

    That’s so beautiful

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  28. petrahay says:

    Beautiful ! 😊❤️
    Thank you for sharing !

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  29. Suri says:

    Awesome artwork! Loved it! Totally!!! *_* ❤ ❤

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  30. SHIVANGI MEHTA says:

    very nice and beautiful…..i loved it.

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  31. stagiworks says:

    Wonderful work….

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  32. sunita10395 says:

    Whats’s your sketch art….i love it……so much

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  33. demiannee says:

    Stunning pieces!

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  34. Mary says:

    These are beautiful!

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  35. easygolife says:

    Great works. I like those pieces and look good magnificent

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  36. Your work is incredible. What a talented artist you are.

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  37. anitaozolins says:

    Such talent! well done! love the colour, keep them coming! 🙂 http://www.anitaozo.com

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  38. jinyasa says:

    Lovely creations. Thanks for sharing them.

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  39. poorvi14 says:

    a very beautiful piece of art with such an intricate detailing

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  40. Mimi says:

    Your art is absolutely beautiful! Happy to see it doesn’t go unnoticed 🙂

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  41. Absolutely gorgeous! Glad i stumbled on your blog.

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  42. Miss Caly says:

    This is beautiful! I love the colours you chose. You’re very talented 🙂
    xx, https://misscaly.wordpress.com

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  43. Beautiful art work , is so inspiring

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  44. Brilliant hay… So much emotion or is it passion…

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  45. congratulations on a brilliant success with this piece you deserve it

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  46. Really lovely …. Inspiring me, self taught busy mum trying to get a daily practice running so I can develop!… Following you

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  47. juneerowe says:

    The colours you have chosen work so well especially in juxtapostion wih the lighter toned buildings

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  48. milkblob says:

    I really love your work of art!

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  49. You are so talented, I love your work. It’s so dreamy and colourful.

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