[singlepic id=376 w=320 h=460 float=left] Now after all this business about going big, it's time to go the other direction. Last week I ordered some tiny canvas stretchers the same depth as my large canvases, making some nice, chunky little 6" x 6" x 2" supports for a dozen soon-to-be paintings.
I've always really enjoyed small work. I love the idea of tucking an original painting into a bookcase, a mantel, a windowsill or a hundred other unexpected spots.
Since I began selling at art fairs, I've always included some miniature version of my work in an effort to make original art available for a relatively low price (and for those avid collectors without another inch of available wall space). Although I did offer some reproductions of my work the first year, I decided to discontinue them and focus exclusively on original art. While the miniature originals may not be quite so potentially profitable as repros, I feel good about making them. I also find that I get along much better with my printmaking neighbors at shows.
Up to now my only miniature works have been in pastel, but since I began showing oils, it followed that I should make oil minis as well. The little canvases pictured at left will be my first efforts. I've always loved the almost-sculptural look of chunky, cubular little paintings. I'm so excited to see how they turn out. I'll post some favorites soon!