I was thinking about all the different sizes of canvas I’ve been working with lately and how each one has worked so well for its intended subject. The “Coffee House” works nicely on a more square-like size, as does “Cruising“. The longer sizes are still my favourites mainly because they initiate a more creative composition from my perspective as the artist. Trying to fit an image on an oblong canvas takes some creativity of depth and perspective – or lack thereof – which is stylistically challenging in and of itself! Colour is another challenge as I’ve mentioned in the past, (do you lighten your colour as you get farther away or keep everything bright and vibrant?). And finally one needs to consider the position of objects. How do you keep the viewer’s eye moving around the canvas to keep it interesting? It’s a fun puzzle that every painting provides. Different sizes work better in different spaces too. I find on a large wall, generally a bigger canvas or more than one little one looks best, where as a small canvas or one longer one fits really nicely on a smaller wall. Small on big usually really emphasizes the tininess or largeness of a painting. I didn’t really realize this myself until last September (09) when we were setting up for my Williams Lake exhibition, and my mom, dad, Andres, the gallery owner and myself were all trying to get a sense of where each painting looked best (mainly based on its size or if it had a partner it was being hung up with) Some of my smaller ones looked dwarfed on the larger walls, but gained a real “sense of self” in a more intimate setting.
Anyways, back to the present! I was poking around my canvas stash and realized to my delight that I still had some miniatures hanging around. These guys are the perfect size to become magnets, a puzzle of sorts, or some fun, decorative items to put around the house. (Did you know as a side-note that in Europe, there are tons and tons of miniature paintings that have become quite famous?!) I thought they would be a great place to paint my logo (which I have to admit turned out pretty cute!) And what a great size to try out just about every fun idea that comes to mind! I love summer themes, so a Wobble reading contentedly under a tree in the warm summer sun sounded just about right. This is the sort of art that is perfect for an ART AUCTION GIVE AWAY! As before, the same rules to enter apply: every person who comments this week will be entered into a draw and I will post the winner next Monday. That gives you all one week to post a comment rather than just a couple of days. I will then ask for your address and will send your magnets to you. I am hoping you will be able to assist me with your comments. Do you think magnets are a good product? They are generally fast to make and don’t require a lot of financial overhead. How much might you pay for a set of 3? 5? Are there any images you think might be fun to try out on a magnet size? Any suggestions you can give will be very helpful 🙂
Generally I try to post every Monday and Thursday, but this week keep your eyes set on Friday since I should hopefully have some exciting news to share. See you then! In the meantime, best of luck with the give away 🙂