At 72" x 72", Contemplating the Nei Jing is my largest piece to date. It's huge for me -- and I have piles of used up paint tubes to prove it. The process began in late August and has slowly unfolded over the last two months, first with sketches and then recently with boatloads of paint. Each day at around 3:15 in the afternoon, the light sets our studio corner aglow and I paint feverishly for a couple hours until daylight wanes. I've been photographing progress at the end of each painting day – at this point I'm at over 20 afternoons and evenings -- and below you can follow the piece's development. It's nearing completion but isn't quite there. The last two photos in the slideshow/gallery below show me and the model (Klara, for those of you who know us personally) for a sense of perspective on how big the piece is.
Plein Air Magazine has been running a section on painters who paint outdoors in "extreme" conditions and included me and an image from when I painted "The Gorge" in a brief writeup titled "Painting on the edge" on page 83 of the winter 2011 issue. You can see my car parked on a steep slope that turns into the 800 foot drop into the Rio Grande Gorge. Below is the painting and the image just in case you don't read Plein Air Magazine!