Sunday, May 17, 2009
Same again but different.
By way of a change I thought I'd try and paint some tiny miniatures. Although I favour smaller format paintings anyway, I thought I'd try some even smaller ones to see what technical issues would arise. The change in size, had quite a marked affect on the way that I needed to work and I found the watercolour paper surface quite a challenge.
I use rough paper normally which suits me fine but it was difficult to manage with such small sizes. What were normally textural ripples on the paper surface became hills and valleys which demanded respect.
Although I used less paint, believe it or not they each took the same amount of time that I would need to paint a 7 x 5 inch piece. Another problem was one of judging colour value on the brush and on the paper. It isn't easy working at such a scale and I couldn't work as wet as I would normally like.
The little paintings shown here are all 3.5 x 2.5 inches in size.