I’ve been commissioned to paint a large (for me) seascape, around 24x30 or 24x36 (still have to figure out exact proportions). What practical advice do you have for me, because I’m suddenly very intimidated! Like, panel vs canvas - I’m thinking of Raymar lightweight panels, the piece will have to be shipped, but are they durable and stable? (I don’t love stretched canvas but I’m concerned about weight). Do I need to buy a bunch of bigger brushes? Do I need a bigger space so I can stand back farther? (My space is small - I usually carry the piece to another room to look from afar) What about easel? I know that size is not huge, but for me it’s big, so if anyone has wisdom on how you’ve had to adjust materials or technique to accommodate a larger size, please share.
Also side note: this will be a large version of a smaller one I already completed. Should I hide that one from myself to avoid trying to replicate every brushstroke? I originally used a photo for reference.