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Star Fighter Lily

by Shideler , November 16, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Helen Shideler, Lollypop Lily, botanical, floral, flower, garden, nature, painting, painting a day, pink flowers, red flowers

Small Works

Ah, as Christmas approaches it is often quite prudent for artists to complete a number of small works. These are good as possible donations to requesting charities but also very marketable this time of year __" more so that larger works.

I struggle with small paintings. They are almost as much work as larger pieces and they take a disproportionate amount of time to complete. Take this little star fighter lily. Only 5___ x 5___ big, er___ small. The drawing took no time really __" but painting that level of detail that small is icky picky work. I get a great deal of satisfaction with large freer brush work that I apply with larger scale acrylics. Then the fun really begins with I get into the details. Love this stage. It is when a painting comes to life. To me this is magic and very satisfying.

So it would make sense that I would also love the detail and concentration of the smaller pieces. And I do. It is just they are small and that is the whole point. You have to be closer to the work to see the amount of effort.

In defence of painting small __" sometimes they can be outright fun pieces. You get to experiment with new subjects and or techniques without having to invest mega hours or gallons of paint.

At the end of the day, this little lily is actual size to the bloom and is quite sweet. Point is, you will see a number of smaller pieces painted my me in the weeks to come__" tis the season and all!

They will be on display at the Fundy Gallery of Art, Loch Lomond Place in Saint John during the month of December.




  ArtId Staff ( homepage )

11/17/2010 * 15:04:41

Smart thinking for the holidays. Smaller pieces that can be more affordable make excellent gifts. Consider including some in ArtId's Small Works Gallery. We are promoting that for the gift season.
Your Lily is a little jewel.

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