Wednesday, February 24, 2021

In praise of small

I'd like that please!
Acrylic on watercolour paper
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
Barbara Muir © 

I've noticed that some of my favourite artists occasionally do small
work.  Working at a small size is a great way of getting into gear,
and figuring things out.  I love large art. I love walking into a 
gallery, and being overwhelmed, and awed by a massive piece of
artwork.  But in the continued practice, sometimes small is good

I found this sweet portrait of my son Sam today -- he was such a
kind boy, and my available model for years.  Would I work the 
same way on a large piece?  I'm not sure.  I could include more
in the background, and maybe even another person.  But I love
this.  I love the cardinal, which was and is one of my favourite
birds -- a symbol of happiness for me.

Have a working on whatever size of art pleases you at the


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love this. So sweet. ❤️❤️❤️❣️

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Evelyn,

I do too. The sneakers, the pose all take me back to my two sons'
childhood. I loved it.


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