Over the past few weeks, I've been working on a series of miniature paintings in preparation for an upcoming exhibition with the Cider Painters of America. The Cider Painters were formed in Dallas, Pennsylvania in 1983 and strive to promote miniature painting. Works cannot be more than 5 x 3 inches. Many members work with magnifying glasses and use extra fine brushes for their tiny works. Membership is by invitation only.
This year, the Cider Painter's annual international exhibit will take place at Main Street Galleries in Kingston Pennsylvania from November 5th through December 12. The opening reception will take place on November 8th.
I've created four paintings for this exhibit that I am excited to share with the public. What intrigued me most about painting miniatures was the challenge of scaling a full size landscape painting into a small flat format, while maintaining the illusion of depth and space. Miniature paintings are often less impactful when viewed from further away. This creates another challenge in how to capture and maintain the viewer's interest.
The process is similar to painting a full size watercolor, but the tools are different. Smaller ultra fine brushes are essential. Choice of paper is also a consideration. As a result of the smaller scale, I find working with a smooth, hot press paper lends itself more readily to executing a work in miniature, as the finer details can become difficult if not impossible to achieve with courser grades.
I hope to continue to do miniatures going forward. They provide another facet to my work, and another avenue to ultimately achieve my main objective in art—which is to provide the viewer the experience of enjoying the simple, serene, and peaceful beauty that surrounds us everyday.