|Mt Baker, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
Last year at this time, I visited the fabulous art museums of Ontario and was blown away by seeing the collections of works by my favorite historical Canadian artists - The Group of Seven.
The beauty I've seen on the walls filled with masterful art was indescribable, but what made the biggest impact on me were the collections of exquisite small landscape paintings, mostly plein air sketches.
The way these collections have been assembled and displayed puts those little gems into a grand perspective of national significance which touched me more than any single piece of art I've seen in a long time.
|Paintings by Tom Thomson in the McMichael Canadian Art Collection|
The experience must have inspired me on a very deep level because looking back on what I have done over the past year, I am struck by how many small paintings I have painted, and how popular they have been with my art collectors.
|Garibaldi Patterns, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
These little works are really fun to paint. All you need is a piece of canvas which doesn't even need to be stretched. You can easily mount it on some kind of support later. You can even crop and spruce up a part of a banished painting.
Another advantage of working small is that these pieces come together quickly and lend themselves nicely to joyful experimentation. It's easy to feel adventurous when there is no risk of ruining a huge expensive canvas.
This is a great way to quickly try out inventive compositions, unusual color combinations, and new techniques.
|Mt. Seymour Patterns, 8x8, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki|
These paintings may be small in size, but they sure are big in attitude!