I’ve been encouraged a few times to take part in miniature art shows that take place around this time of the year. I took part in one for the past two years but painting small canvases or panels didn’t really appeal to me. The minimum size for one show allowed you to paint on an 8″ x 10″ panel (not including the frame), and another show had a smaller requirement of around 5″ x 7″ without the frame.

Part of the problem may have been that I didn’t really know what to paint at those sizes. I prefer to paint at larger sizes around the neighborhood of 32″ x 44″ and 18″ x 24″. But about three weeks ago I did a painting of fishes at around 12″ x 18″ that I thought would translate well at miniature sizes. Below is the painting:

I had several 8″ x 10″ blank canvases, which I primed first with a red-orange color underpainting. The next Saturday I banged out 5 paintings and I had fun doing it. Below are the paintings.

I’ve just prepped a dozen 5″ x 7″ canvas boards and about 4 more 8″ x 10″ and will try to do more of these type of painting. I’ll try to be loose and painterly and be creative as much as possible. I think I’ve got it now.

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