If you are into cozy, beautiful interiors then this blog post will be interesting to you. I use to work small, and I still do somethings but when it comes to hanging artwork on walls a small size painting can simply get swallowed by your room and with it the money you have spent on it.
In a modern day interior large art work is simple more effective, it creates an impact! you can have an empty room with one couch and an oversized landscape on a wall, and wuala you’re all furnished. Good news is, you don't have to spend a lot and you can even do it yourself. If you never drawn or painted before large size is your friend, intimidating right? Don't take my word for it, try it yourself and you will discover how much you can get away with by simply going gigantic. For example consider Rothko pieces for moment, they are enormous and this is part of the reason why they work so well. Now image these same compositions smaller…it simply wont have the impact, you might even mistaken it for a paint swatch found in your local home depot.
The BIGGER the better:
1. Its impressive: an oversized artwork creates an impact!
2. Reversed physiology: huge art makes your small space seem larger!
3. Savings: DIY, have fun and at save!
What to paint and how?!
First thing you need to choose is your colour pallet. Colour is a mood setter, so think what kind of atmosphere you want to create in your space and then choose your colours. If I could give any bit of advise here that would be stick to a limited palette, 3-4 colour at most. This way it will be easier to create harmony and an effective composition.
Next figure out your art style. This is where people get hard on themselves. Remember you are not painting the Sistine Chapel , so stick to “less is more approach” and consider something doable.
You can either paint from imagination, use a photo reference or do a creative tribute to an artist like Rothko, Matisse or Jackson Pollock.
Choose you're surface, you can work on primed canvas, wooden surface, paper or even plastic. As for materials, unless you are planing to paint more then one piece buying professional art materials can be costly, so my suggestion is it hit your local dollar store and get some budget acrylics, oils, water colours and brushes. If quality is an issue consider my guide for best "Tools of trade" for best painting materials ever.
Next throw some protective plastic on your floors to prevent it from getting damaged, get your canvas, references and materials ready, make a light ghost outline drawing of what you are going to paint and just start!
Good Luck! and if you have any questions you can leave a comment and ill get back to you asap. Happy painting :)