This is my largest piece to date, and I loved painting on a big scale. I guess I am gaining confidence. This one presented no risk. I bought more paint and then gessoed a piece of cheap art we had hanging around and used that for my surface. It's already had some interesting texture, so I went with it. I had done this beach scene from Ft. lauderdale last year as an 8x10 and always thought it would make a great large piece. I am happy with the result!