THE DIFFICULTY OF PAINTING SMALL!
What do I mean by that? Well, I have been working on canvas that's 11 x 14 and up, going as large as 36 x 48. When you get used to painting scenes that large it is very difficult to go back to a small canvas!
Yes, I do paint 4 x 4 miniature paintings all the time, but they are very simple paintings of the ocean with a palm tree or two for the tourist trade. What I am talking about here is doing a painting that has detail in it.
Case in point is the painting that I am about to show you. I am doing a few of 8 x 10 paintings to take to the art show in Kentucky simply because they will sell for less. It may allow some that might not be able to purchase a larger painting, to own a smaller one.
I was seriously frustrated because this painting was going quite well until I decided to add a couple of horses and riders. Because it is only an 8 x 10 and they are not right in front, I had to use a script liner brush to paint them in. They literally are only 1/4" tall! That is just not right I tell you! I almost took them out entirely, but I finally got them halfway decent. I want them in the painting because this one in particular is a gift painting for my hostess. My husband and I are staying with an old friend that happens to be my sister's sister-in-law. She is practically family. Anyway, she is a horsewoman of many years and still owns and rides two horses even though she is in her 70's. She also raised three boys after their parents died leaving them orphans. She is to be commended!
I want this painting to be special, so I will let it set for a few days and keep refining the horses until I get it right, take them out altogether, or throw the painting away out of frustration, LOL!
Believe me, I am tempted to stick to larger paintings from now on! But for now, I have the directions for this one.
|"THE BLUEBELL TRAIL"
8 X 10