This blog was initiated by a number of events that all seemed to have happened at the same time. The Sedona Arts Center was having a miniature show and in doing reasearch for the show (which I had never participated in because I have never painted that small – 5 x 7 inches) I discovered the online phenomenon of ‘a painting a day’ painters. Here I saw some work that made me think I should indeed try my hand at some ‘miniatures’ or small work. Also prior to this a well-known plein air painter and workshop instructor, John Budicin had said to his students which included me, “…the one piece of advice that I would give to improve your paintings is to paint smaller…do one-hundred 6 x 8 paintings.’
At the time this was certainly not what I wanted to hear. Though he is master of small plein air work I had never even tried to work that size.
As soon as I got around to it though, through the nudging of the various synchronic events, I was amazed to discover that it has numerous worthy qualities. I soon invented lots of very good reasons I should do more of this type of painting.
It is more like makeing a drawing, i.e. more organic and grounded than the grand(iose) effort at making larger paintings. Larger paintings are very demanding yes, but more importantly here, for me, is that they are vulnerable to a lot of conceptualization, critique, mental exploration of possibilies. All this together could be called intellectual/artistic daydreaming that occurs inbetween ‘sessions’. Thus the ‘one session’ painting grounds that whole judgement – conceptualization of what it all means and the endless sense of possibility and even daydreaming-drama of larger paintings and reduces it to a direct action which I associate with drawing.