Craving: Tiny Paintings
Sep 29, 2009
For my birthday a few weeks ago, my husband surprised me with art. It was a painting I'd admired at one of my favorite shops, called The Secret Garden. The Empire, Michigan gallery/gift store features a lot of local artists and craftspeople. What caught my eye was a near-wallful of reasonably priced paintings by Sue Bullock, from nearby Cedar. This little original oil on canvas, titled simply June, is only 5"x7". I love it!
A tiny painting is a beautiful thing. In most cases, it costs less than a big one. It doesn't require as much space to hang. It forces the viewer to get up close and really examine the artist's technique. Sometimes it makes you imagine what's beyond the frame. If you're an artist, working small can help you simplify and maybe discover a new idea. And it can open up a new market for your art. I admired the larger canvases on that wall, for sure— but I know I wouldn't have untied a ribbon to find an 18"x24" original oil on my birthday. That moment was meant for a tiny painting. —Diane
My new favorite way to hang stuff
Forget the hammer and nails, 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips are the new way to hang lightweight artwork and objects. The strips have a plastic hook surface that grabs better than velcro, and the Command adhesive is removable without a trace. Each strip holds 3 pounds, so you can use more strips for more holding power. I used two for extra security on my tiny painting. 3M also has some innovative solutions for hanging larger pieces. More info here.
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