Monday, September 5, 2016

small paintings- why do them?

I have learned that making these tiny paintings when I am in the field is much more helpful. They are just small ideas which are so much easier to respond to in the studio because of their open nature. There is still so much to say.
Doing completed paintings serves another purpose, but these ignite me!

Above see some of the smalls from my recent trip to Washington State. I love Washington's fields and light!


katybee said...

I love doing small paintings . they free me up to experiment more.. what size are these?

Patricia Wafer said...

Thanks so much for the reminder about how helpful these small color studies can be. I sometimes do them when I am just feeling too tired to paint larger and I find doing them energizes me and sometimes end up painting a bigger piece. It also helps me get the idea down and it comes back to me much stronger later than just trying to remember it or taking a photo. A great way to get more adventurous with color, too. Your paintings are so lovely and inspiring!

Rebecca said...

Agree, little sketches are pearls of wisdom. Yours particularly wise!

loriann signori said...

Katy, Patricia and Rebecca,

First, thanks for taking the time to comment. You are right that these wee paintings free you up for new ideas. They can just take seed and wait to germinate. It's also a good thing to do if you are pressed for time, low on energy or just needing to recharge. I find it equally helpful just to still and watch the colors come. Just be present and observe. Later, when I return home I write about what I saw, but I don't let the writing interfere with the seeing. Paint on friends!