I have mentioned in a couple posts that I really like adding lots of details in my paintings, and last week, I posted a teeny tiny chipmunk I painted.
In December, the Strathmore Mansion near Washington DC held their 79th Annual Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature. The show featured hundreds of paintings that were only a few inches in size, and were at times, best viewed through a magnifying glass. The detail was breathtaking on such a small scale. I had originally thought I would spend maybe an hour wandering around, but instead, I was there for several hours.
After seeing this show, I felt so inspired. Miniature art just seems to suit my style of art and gives me new enthusiasm for my work! Something just seemed to spark and as soon as I got home, I started to research miniature artists. I didn’t know very much about this particular art genre, and I never saw any in person, till the show.
Since seeing that show a couple months ago, I feel like I found a new niche for my art; it brings everything I like to do in watercolor and gouache together…painting tiny details with my triple “0” paint brush, in a tiny little picture. To qualify as miniature, all paintings have to fit into a 5” x 7” frame or smaller! So cool!
I have always been using my teeny tiny brushes to paint my illustrations, even though the pictures are larger than 5” x 7″. I even used those tiny brushes on a painting of my cat, Molly, that is 20” x 12”.
Here is a recent miniature painting I have done of another cat I named Snickers. Notice a similar level of detail, except Snickers here is only 1″ by 1″.
Snickers – 1″ by 1″
It will be so much more fun to paint details in a tiny picture. I love the idea of that challenge. My next goal is to check the rules for entering miniature art exhibits and competitions and see where that goes. I can’t wait to get back to my studio. That show gave me lots of ideas, and a much needed jolt of inspiration for my art.
My new problem? So many ideas, so little time…