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Creative Freedom by Maggie Price

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Paint in a Different Size or Format

I usually paint in standard sizes. The paintings are easier to carry wet when on-site, to pack when traveling and to frame in standard-sized frames.

But it’s easy to get comfortable or get into a rut when you always do the same thing. So occasionally I choose to paint in a nontraditional size. The painting format need not be extremely elongated vertically or horizontally, just enough so the dimensions feel unfamiliar and fresh.

My studio is filled with lovely props that have the warmth and patina of age. I enjoy arranging them in small vignettes and cropping them as though they are landscapes. The actual process of arranging the elements may take several hours or a few minutes. For this subject I tried about ...

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