|'Light in the Woods' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Why would you want to paint so small? This is one of the questions I get when someone sees me painting 2.5 x 3.5 inch mini pastels. I can think many reasons to limit the size of my paintings every once in awhile. I've boiled them down to 5. Enjoy my latest pastel along with the mini study that inspired it as I share 5 of my top reasons to paint small (2.5 x 3.5 inch artist trading card size)
1. Simplify. Limiting the size of the paper limits how much I can put in. It forces me to simplify and pick out the big simple shapes. It is easier to suggest details in a smaller space. This is great practice for seeing simply that can be transferred to larger paper.
2. Color Studies: Trying out color schemes on small paper saves time and frustration. It is quick and easy to try several color scheme possibility in a mini painting. I get a good idea of the color choices before investing time and supplies on a larger painting.
3. Affordable: I love having small affordable originals for my collectors. These minis are affordable for anyone to add fine art to their home. It's a win-win. I learn from painting them and collectors enjoy collecting them!
|block in with Nupastel on gray asnded paper|