These small paintings are among those I'm shipping to Polderland Gallery
in Milwaukee for the group winter show and sale there on December 7-9. If you are in the Milwaukee area, please stop by!
I've enjoyed doing these small paintings (the top one is 6"square, and the one beneath it is 8" square, and at the bottom is one that is 10" square--all untitled so far) especially as it has been about a year since I last set out to produce a body of them. (I have others besides what are shown here, including some for a small painting show at Wilde Meyer Gallery
in Arizona.) Except for my little dog paintings that I do in the summer (which always seem like an aside) I've been focusing almost completely on my large paintings.
Small paintings present their own challenges, at least for me. It's not a matter of just reducing scale, but of developing some aspect of the composition that will carry the image across a distance--for example, highly defined texture, strong color, gestural marks that act as focal points, or strong horizontal or vertical lines. Often it is a combination, but I also like the image to be fairly simple and clear. It's really easy to end up with a confusing muddle in a small space. At the same time, I want there to be enough to engage the viewer who looks closely, as such intimate works demand.