I have always been a person that has painted larger artwork. What I found was that large art looks great at an exhibition but the practicalities of storage can sometimes be a nightmare. That is unless you have a studio. Large artworks become damaged, and if not hung, can begin to warp.
In 2017 I decided to try out miniatures on our summer holiday up the coast. Thus began a collection called Little Treasures.
I used small canvas on board that I imported from the U.S.A. They are small at 4″ x 4″.
I really struggled at the beginning to get clear details when applying the paint. That is until I spoke with my mother, also an artist, who pointed me in the right direction. The answer is teflon brushes. They make a huge difference when you are painting miniatures.
The other thing to keep in mind is that due to the size of the canvas it is hard to get in the detail. My answer is to move away from a scene. I do have scenes but they were very fiddly. Instead do a flower to start out.
- Make sure you leave space so when you frame it your eye gets breathing space.
- Use teflon brushes
- Think macro not a scene until you get the feel for it
They frame up nicely in stock standard frames from Target. The frames were about $15 AUD. About 12 x 12 should do the trick.
You do need to get separate mats made up. I paid $15 AUD per mat from the local framing shop.
Here are a couple of the finished products before framing.
Carnivale Frangipani – 4 x 4 – Acrylic on canvas – 2017 – Dee Grant
Summertime – 4 x 4 – Acrylic on canvas – 2017 – Dee Grant
Country Cottage – 4 x 4 – Acrylic on canvas – 2017 – Dee Grant
Paintings by Dee Grant all rights reserved