Painting large can be a little intimidating at first, but adopting even one of these tips may help you overcome the fear.
1. You need to start somewhere, so a technique I once used was to first draw out your painting in small. Plan out the painting, figure out colors and then enlarge it. Use a grid if needed! Using a grid is the best way to ensure the proper proportions of your piece. Split your sketch into grid squares in proportion to the canvas. Then you should replicate the squares from your drawing into corresponding squares on the canvas. After your drawing is set you can erase the lines.
2. When painting large, you will need a lot of space in your room or studio to create a large painting. You will not see any mistakes if you only observe the painting up close, so you need to continuously step at least a few feet back to see anything that needs to be touched up.
3. Have enough paint on hand for the task; Remember, this is a large painting, and it will take more paint than you’re used to using. And if you’re mixing colors, make sure you have enough before you start. Trust me, you won’t be able to match it perfectly later.
4. Be ready to switch up a few things: depending on the size, you may need to use a step or ladder, larger brushes to be able to cover the canvas more efficiently, and time! Painting large may take more time than you're accustomed to.
5. Relax and have fun! You're bravely tackling something new! Be gracious with yourself - with a little practice and time, painting large may quickly become your favorite form of expression, as it very much is mine.
Painting: 'Breakthrough’ - The Ties That Bind', acrylic paint on canvas, 60 x 60 inches