|'Sunset on the Bay' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|'Beach Dreams' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
How is this possible? This past winter I took a cruise during which I painted 50 paintings with about half of them plein air studies. This was possible because I allowed myself to paint small....very small. I brought along a stack of pastel paper scraps measuring 2.5x3.5 inches each. Not only is this a portable size and very manageable.....the small studies have many other benefits.
|'Tropical Dreams I' 2.5x3.5 sold|
- Painting very small allows for faster painting. It is very easy to capture the light of the moment. No more changing a painting over and over as the light changes....just start a new one!
- Painting several small paintings as the conditions change gives you so much more information to draw on back in the studio than one larger study. I painted the changing clouds one morning and made 6 small studies each completely different in the time I normally would take for one larger painting.
- Painting small and quick forces you to paint what is most important to you....that is all you have time and space for. Looking back at these minis shows me what I was most drawn to in the scene.
- Painting as small as 2.5x3.5 doesn't require an easel or a lot of supplies....set up and clean up is a breeze....no more excuses!
|'Bathing Beauties' 2.5x3.5 $15 buy here|
|My lunchbox sized plein air pastel kit. I love it!|
If you would like to learn more about painting minis and see my step by step demo have a look at my latest pdf download in my Etsy shop here