My paintings are typically larger. But, people are always saying. . . Won’t you paint something I can afford. So, I decided to do a small works show. Its really been interesting what I have learned during this process.
Lessons learned . . .
Metallic bronzing powders: It sure is easy to apply too much! There needs to be a balance of painted space to the metallic space. I really had to pull back and mindfully approach each pour.
Cracking of the metallics: Sometimes in smaller areas it cracks just perfectly. But, sometimes the cracks are just too large. I still haven’t figured out exactly what the mixture is to get the finer cracking. But, I now think I have an idea at least.
Mylar and Glass additions: What looks great on a large canvas as a detailed texture, now appears enormous. So, I had to learn to actually use the mylar and glass as shapes versus texture. As I got more comfortable with adding shapes with the mylar and glass, I got bolder. You can see the scale in the image below. Ironically, I am now breaking some of the glass in larger pieces for the larger canvases.
Mo’ Babies is the name of a follow-up show. So, I am presenting 30+ small works this Friday at millergardette located at 780 East McMillan in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati. This is a small, intimate event space that is perfectly lighted for a small works show.Kathryne Gardette and Baba Charles Miller own the space and they are such wonderful hosts. It feels like you are visiting them in their home.
I opened last month with My Babies and we had over 75 people showed up. It was truly a fun-filled, selling event! I sold 8 pieces and hope to sell even more this Friday. They really are My Babies. Each of them hold a special place in my heart. Its been really fun bringing each of them to life. If you are interested in smaller works, feel free to contact me. Many of them are 12″ X 12″ square. the range from 8″ X 10″ up to 18″ X 24″. Perfect for a gift for you or a gift for a loved one. And, you can adopt one of My Babies for a small adoption fee. Just gotta have some fun with it!
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