Used this week to work on a couple of slightly smaller paintings. It's nice to occasionally scale down a little in size. Usually I like nothing better than tackling larger canvases, and I often believe my best work is to be found there. But a smaller size is refreshing change and it allows you compose a simpler composition which in turn can be produced faster. This added speed can give a spontaneity and freshness to the work - very alla prima! Additionally, in cases there are subjects that just work better in a smaller size. For example doing a painting like "Outdoor Papaya & Melon', a study of just fruit is highly effective in these sizes, but it can be hard to make that work in a bigger scale.