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I was visiting a local annual miniatures show when I realized that
the techniques I'd worked out in my
Flowers and Figurines
series could not only be scaled up to create
larger paintings but
could also be scaled down to create miniatures. I quickly learned
that the tight control needed for the figurines gave me
no pleasure in painting them as miniatures, but the more loosely
done flower paintings were something I enjoyed and could look
forward to working on.
All of these paintings are done as
either 2x2 or 2x3 inches, except for the still life which is 3x3 inches.
The smaller the painting, the more closely
we look at it, and this leads us to expect more detail than we might have demanded in a larger painting of the same subject.
Focusing intently on the miniature allows us to block out everything
else around us and enjoy the fascination of seeing an entire world
created in a tiny frame.