Thinking Big with Small Paintings

[caption id="attachment_790" align="aligncenter" width="480"] "Waitin' on the Kids" by Bonnie Conrad[/caption]

By Linda Perala-Hunt

Is an exciting addition to the Sorrel Sky Gallery's yearly lineup.  Now in it's third year, it is one that we all look forward to.  A small format painting is generally under 14 inches either way in size.  Composition, scale, and format become extremely important when working small.

[caption id="attachment_786" align="alignleft" width="141"] "Elk and Falcon" by Phyllis Stapler[/caption]

Artists have to be very conscientious of the composition, though the subject matter is limitless and the possibilities to display your small collection are endless.   These small works allow a collector to build a varied collection in subject matter, although some choose to go with a theme.  Displaying the art has it's endless possibilities as well.

It can add interest to a room. The small pieces fit into any location alone and the collection, when placed all in one area, give the room interest and will draw a viewer in to look closer at each piece. Collectively, they can be captivating and they have an intimacy about them - you want to get closer.

People love to purchase art when they travel because it is a reminder of that special place they visited and the adventure of the trip.  Small works can travel easily  and don't need a lot of consideration of placement - you can always find a niche for a small work of art.  The variation is not limited to size or subject matter and can also cross mediums.

[caption id="attachment_789" align="aligncenter" width="315"] "Seeing Double" by Edward Aldrich[/caption]

Add a photograph in with the oil paintings, and a lithograph with a wall sculpture.  The possibilities are endless and can cross over oceans and time barriers. What a fun way to build on your collection, and a good opportunity to sample a cross section of various artists.

Come see our small works show, "Little Windows with a Big View" on November 1st from 5-8pm. The work will be on display through November.


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