Anything bigger than A5 gives me the yips!

When I joined TVI, i bought byself a number of A5 sketch pads.

Now I find my brain scrambles when I look at or consider using a surface bigger than that.

I’ll get over it, I’m sure - but was wondering if anyone had any other silly/funny/traumatic tales of art?

Does your white Polychromos bring out the sweats, or the thought of unboxing those pastels give you the shakes?

I’m hoping you get an answer…

I’m a n00b who feels rather similarly about big pictures. somehow- the size is daunting…

but why is that exactly? idk- but I can vouch for the feeling.

also-this makes me want to try it. (we’re supposed to do stuff that seems difficult,right?)

Yes, doing difficult is the way forward!

I keep telling myself that… but… :slight_smile: :smiley:

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There is a way of getting over this fear of doing larger pictures. Scenery, for instance, think of it as something you can see on a stage. Break it down into Background, Middle ground, and Foreground. This way your mind set could be that you are dealing with 3 subjects so you only worry about one at a time. I am sure it must be the same for portraits, vases of flowers, anything really.


I would have issues with big pastels, My silly/funny/traumatic is my family says “You have more paint on yourself than on the canvas” I wish I could figure out how to change that bad habit, laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: