|Carousel #2: 3 1/4" x 8"; Watercolor,|
The smallest painting I've done was cut from
a larger effort that was trashed. Not all sections
of a painting are bad.
On one side, I think it's imperative to draw or paint daily--like exercising to stay limber.
On the other side, why do I have to finish a painting before the sun sets? What's the rush?
My best paintings take days. If I run into an impasse--a point where something percolating in my brain tells me to back off for a bit and do some casual observation, a painting could take months. A little painting done in a day--a three hour work session for me for sure--takes a half a day away from the work I really want to accomplish.
I do not like doing little paintings--thumbnail studies, of course--miniatures, six by six and smaller, painted with a one hair brush, no. But small is the only way to go if participating in a challenge that's based upon regular production and speed.
I've worked small, but didn't enjoy it. The result looked great on my monitor, but in my hand, it looked insignificant. It needed fluffing--big deal double matting, expensive, wide frame fluffing.
One savvy blogger/daily painter I've come across took the presentation of her work into consideration. She sold her little ones framed and included a table easel for$75.00. I thought she was very clever. She knew the five by seven inch size couldn't stand on its own and didn't belong on a wall. It was intimate; It needed to be viewed up close. I thought she had a good marketing plan.
With so many negative thoughts versus one positive one, I let the thirty thirty challenge pass me by. The format would have to be too tiny for me to see. Too much thought would have to be given to what subjects paint small quickly. And worst of all, a big chunk of my day would be lost knocking myself out painting nothing on my to do list. The Twenty Minute Challenge is a lot less demanding and much more realistic, if daily painting and visibility is a priority--though I get that here too...