About this time every year I start wrapping my head around the idea of painting small. I generally like to paint big, especially of late since I took my course with Steven Aimone. Large canvas, loose strokes, gestural freedom of expression.
However, mid-November the North Vancouver Arts Council gets ready to take in as many as 640 8×8 inch paintings which will be hung in their CityScape Gallery at the end of the month. The Anonymous Art Show is in its 7th year and is a great fundraiser for the Council, with the paintings selling for $100, half of which goes to the artist. The lively opening reception will be November 24th this year and is sure to be a fun night. Last year 178 paintings sold and most I bet were at the opening!
For me, though it has always been a bit of a struggle to create something meaningful on such a small surface. Sometimes I try making a triptych (which doesn’t get placed together at the show!) because at least then I am working with a bigger space (8×24). Composition plays a big role and that is where I will focus this year as well as with some bright colors!
How else can your paintings get noticed in amongst 639 others?!!
And at the same time I am starting 2 large 48×48 paintings…am I crazy??