When I saw this particular call for art, I immediately thought: sisterhood. Better yet, really tiny little powerful sisterhood. Because this call was for mini-art, all original, five inches or less in every direction.
Small but unique. Small but valued. Small but powerful.
When I think of those words, I think of sisterhood. It’s interesting, because there are times as women (and as artists) when we are so competitive and try to put each other down. But when we stick together and lift each other up, we all win.
Last night was the opening for the Little Mini Tiny Show at the Pink Llama Gallery in Cedarburg.
This one’s all about the small paintings.
The Challenge of Working Small
Now, you know I usually like to work big, but I have done several smaller paintings, of course. I like to offer them for sale because I know that everyone has different budgets and price points. But there is also a unique challenge to working very small. Last year I entered the “Little Exhibit” at the Cedarburg Cultural Center and was thrilled that all five of my paintings sold in just a week! That was a wonderful blessing, especially to have it happen at the end of the year. Hello Christmas shopping!
This exhibit was challenging for me because these paintings were like the size that I have up in my office, where I started with a few mini’s and added more, and then finally, more again. The ones that I use for my love note collage paintings. The ones I talked about in my GreenCraft article last year.
A Powerful Sisterhood Represented by Art
When I thought about little paintings, I kept going back to a sketch I made last year of a deconstructed mural, one where each painting connects and the scene is of a group of diverse women all holding hands and supporting each other. A powerful sisterhood.
I loved how The Pink Llama Gallery chose to display all the tiny art pieces for their latest exhibit. I think it is important for each small work to stand on its own. I explained my “deconstructed mural” concept behind my entries with some artist friends and they encouraged me to post the complete painting set. When placed together, each tiny painting connects to another and all the women depicted hold hands, supporting each other as a true sisterhood does.
Cheery Monday Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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