Saturday, 20 January 2018

A new rabbit hole - Mini Painting!

I've fallen down a new mini rabbit hole... A tangent of mini making if you will... Mini Painting! I am having so much fun! But don't worry, this is just a time occupier/alternate mini thing to do, when I'm waiting for supplies for the San Franciscan.. or just have lost my build mojo and need a break.. Very addictive though.. I could literally sit and paint all day.

The idea came from one of the mods over at Greanleaf who posted some of her wonderful mini paintings, she was raving about how much fun it was and how easy and pointed us in the direction of some youtube tutorials.  I decided to give it a try, if only to prove her wrong.. lol

I started out with this snow scene I found on the youtube channel "Painting with Jane"to remind me that it's not 1000 degrees everywhere in the world and get in the mood for my fast approaching ski trip to Utah. :)


Then I worked on a couple of farm buildings to try to learn perspective..... Not particularly successful but good for practice


The one on the right is another Jane painting and the one on the left is an interpretation of a Ginger Cook... It still needs more work on the foliage on the left...

Then I moved on to an oil artist, Kevin Hill.. He speed paints, so not much instruction, but I just love the look of his paintings so I decided to give it a try anyway.. I've used acrylics because I'm not waiting around for oils to dry in miniature.. lol.. I liked this painting for the road, but I really need some modellers brushes to be able to get the level of detail I want. :) 


There was a distinct theme going on here.. As Mike over at Greanleaf said.. I was going through my "barn phase" :) 

Moving on.. I though I'd try my hand at something a bit more modern.. For a modern dollhouse perhaps.. I settled on this beach fire and I really love this one for it's simplicity. I'll definitely be hanging it in one of my houses. Lesson learnt here.. Fire is difficult to capture correctly.


Then I tried this book & candle painting and it was a bit of a fail.. lol.. I clearly haven't learnt to paint straight lines yet.. I think the texture of the canvas fights you on this kind of painting too.. It would probably be better on watercolour paper or similar.. just to avoid the texture messing with your lines.. This was a good practice painting though, and another lesson in fire/flame painting, so all was not lost. :)


Moving on to something with no straight lines.. :) A bird! I saw this painting of a Cardinal in the snow by "The Frugal Crafter" on you tube and thought it was so pretty, I decided to try to replicate it in mini. Mine is alot darker than hers and for a minute there I thought the bird was going to end up as a blob on the page, but looking at it now, it didn't turn out that bad. The eye is just a tiny speck of white paint. Painting in this scale is really just an excercise in tricking the eye into believing it sees a picture.. :D


I've been posting these paintings over at Greenleaf and it bought in my first commission. :D

The below painting is called Supermoon Rising (another Jane Font, check out the original here to see how I went.) Supermoon Rising is now winging it's way Stateside.. I love the idea of one of my mini paintings hanging in a dollhouse on the other side of the world.. pretty cool!

It's for a friend who mini's in half scale, which got me thinking.. why don't I make it harder for myself... and paint a painting in 1:24! And so the little winter cardinal below it, was born.


Here is a larger shot of the winter cardinal. I fixed up his little "front of topnot" issue once I saw this picture.. Seriously, in real life I couldn't even see it.. Zooming photos have some use after all.. and.. I need glasses or a magnifying glass if I'm going to paint this small regularly.. Incredibly cross eyed by the end of it..


By now I wanted to just paint a couple of easy pretty little shabby chic paintings.. Things I might want to hang in a shabby house... I found Angela Andersons youtube channel and she specialises in pretty.. :)  So I did a couple of wreaths and a vase of abstract flowers.. Who knows what they are, they turned out nothing like hers, but they are cute enough to hang I think. The vase was another good lesson... It's meant to be see through green glass... and although I had no idea how that was going to happen when I was mid painting, it seems relativly effective when I look at it below. These paintings were just quick little 15 minute numbers they are not perfect and not high on detail.. and they need some trimming and refining.. But they were so fun and cute, I couldn't not include them in this post. :) 



This last one is a lighthouse I found on "Art of John Magne Lisondra" I really want to do some nautical paintings for the ship captains house.. This might be too bright and cheery for him but it will go well in my distantly planned Beach House. Again, not an exact replica but an interpretation of the artists original. :)


Here's a detail shot.. I really love how this painting turned out, but it really fought me all the way.. I just couldn't get the blue tones right. The hint of yellow in the clouds, waves and lighthouse to simulate the reflection of the afternoon sun was super challenging.. Not to mention water washing onto rocks and the sea spray.. I really had to be very light handed on this one.. Which is not me.. lol.. I got up and walked away from it several times throughout the day.. I think it's the better for it.. 


Next I think I'll tackle a ship!.. It'll probably be a disaster.. but seize the day right? And anyway the fun is in the making. :D

Update: Cardinal in the snow has found a new home also. He's off to Texas. :D

Update, update: Autumn Barn has also found a home.. in Oregon. :)




19 comments:

  1. Wow Sam! I think you have uncovered yet another hidden talent! I truly love each one of them! If these are what you do in your first attempts, I can't wait to see what happens as you find your confidence! Truly, truly talented my friend!
    And as far as the ship being a disaster, if things go sideways, just call it a ship wreck!

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    1. LOL.. a shipwreck would be perfect! Thank you dear Jodi, you inspire me every time I open my craft room. I can only hope to be as creative and resourceful as you are in my mini making. I want some of that, what did you call it? Hillbilly ingenuity.. Love that! :D

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  2. Oh my, these are brilliant! I love your cardinal in the snow and can't wait to see what else you try.

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    1. Thanks Sheila! I'm having a lot of fun with these.. and as they don't take an age to do, I get instant (well fairly instant) gratification. Which with my short attention span is a good thing! :D

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  3. Your painting of the lighthouse is magnificent! It is so small...

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    1. Thanks Margreet! Yes it is tiny and was my most challenging one so far. I'm glad I persevered because I really like how it turned out too. :)

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  4. Oh, this is wonderful work! I really like your mini paintings :-). I love the beach and the lighthouse painting!

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    1. Thank you! Those are my favourites too. They will definitely be getting frames and hanging in one of my houses. :)

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  5. You are on fire Sam! Your paintings are great, and yes, getting up and walking away for a while makes a big difference. My friend and I in our painting classes have a saying: if in doubt, yellow ochre. Works every time!

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    1. Thanks Shannon! Yellow ochre indeed! Classic! lol.
      I didn't know you take painting classes? How fun! When will we see your mini paintings. :D

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  6. That is wow! Keep painting, you can only get better at it, but you started off so well, you will be a pro soon.

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    1. Thanks Megan.. Oh, I will! It's quite addictive as the pay off is fairly quick.. well, quick in comparison to building a dollhouse! lol... I'm really enjoying this new little side hobby. :)

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  7. Hello Sam,
    I think it is safe to say you have discovered yet another talent. The paintings are just beautiful! Supermoon Rising and the modern scene of the fire by the sea are my favorites. I cannot wait to see more of your paintings!
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! I'm no Claude Monet but I'm having fun and that's the main thing right? :D
      Funnily I love the Beach scene the most and it is the simplest. I think it's because it fits my aesthetic so well. :)

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  8. You really have a talent for mini painting. I love them all.

    Marilyn

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  9. A hidden TALENT no more!!! You paintings are All lovely Sam and may I add that I think that you've learned "perspective" Pretty Darn Quick! :D

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! Perspective learning is ongoing but I'm getting there. :)

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