Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Tiny Treasures I

Over the next four weeks I am going to be focusing on tiny works - a variety of subject but all the same size, just about 88mm x 56mm - approximately the size of a bridge card.

I am enjoying this working on a very small scale and am glad I decided to open up the field, if you like, paint just about anything that I might want to see in a tiny work format.

Favourite old coat (berries and snowdrops)

You may remember my first series of 'tiny portraits' - well things have evolved a little. My more recent portraits on a tiny scale are yet more detailed and I am thinking more about a sense of place, belonging, landscape. The red berries really pop in this tiny one.

I seem to be gravitating toward red - here is a pear and an apple with red cloth.... I am particularly pleased with how rich the red appears, and how the overlapping, frayed linen has lent another dimension to the work.

In case you are new to these, I should explain how I go about making the 'blank canvas' for each work. I cut mount board (heavy card) to the right size and then choose patches of linen fabric which are then sealed with gesso primer. This process is a little fiddly but I enjoy deciding on different patch arrangements. Some are less patchy than others! The surface helps me to make decisions on composition etc... For example, an abstract thread sealed in the gesso might suggest a curling cloud or tree branch.

toward Havisham cottages

I like the gothic feel to this one - and the name just came to me.... (I decided to keep this one!)

These and several more in my shop tomorrow at 7pm UK time

1 comment:

sMacThoughts said...

Oh my gosh, that little girl!!

Haven't visited the blogs that I follow, (nor blogged) in a long time. Forgot how much I enjoyed yours!

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