Over time I've created hundreds of these mini paintings but now only have thirty left which reminded me of why I began painting them in the first place. As many other artists, I have definitely had my artist's block periods. In one of my earlier blocks I decided that in order to move forward I decided to give myself the challenge of creating a painting a day for 30 days. I didn't venture too far out of my genre, continuing to paint chairs but this time in miniature - 6x6 inch squares.
Before that I had practiced Daily Paintings, something I was noticing online at the time, began blogging about the process and inspiration and painted during weekdays on inexpensive 6x8 inch panels non-oiled MDF which I textured with modelling paste and then coated with gesso. That's when I purchased my pochade, in order to simplify my practice and my studio. It was great to be able to paint anywhere, including coffee shops and parks, very freeing and led to painting publicly, something I enjoy immensely.
Unfortunately my first blog disappeared at a time when I was undergoing some physical challenges but I took that as a sign to rest. And then other opportunities and ideas began to present themselves. It ended up being a very good thing.
PS These final mini paintings will soon be heading to etsy on sale.