I'm better at painting these one square inch paintings than I've been about posting them! I'm still having fun exploring these tiny ones. They're very dependent on high contrast, strong shape welding and color to succeed, and not so much on teeny details. When I hit all the marks they're quite convincing, despite being so small. Number 9. white trees Number 10, mesa shadow Number 11, purple sky Number 12, cloud shadow All four of the above are painted on Arches 140 lb cold press paper. It's a delight to paint on, as it absorbs water and has a nice light texture that allows for enough detail. The paintings below are all on Bristol smooth, which is much harder paper that lets the paint stay on top and results in a little more tiny detail touches. I cut the paper to 4"x4", and of course the images are 1"x1" in size. I tape the edges, so sometimes you'll see a teeny bit of a bobble where paint escapes the edge. I don't mind that, since
This painting was an experiment done to see if I could use loose edges on a one square inch painting. It got a lot larger than one square inch--probably closer to two square inches, give or take. The paper is 4" x 4". That's part of the nature of experimentation, of course, just trying it to see if it works. I'm actually very encouraged by this one. I like the painterly edges, which seem to give it a sense of movement, adding to the exuberant feel. So I think I'll play around some more, respecting the scale more carefully, to see if I can retain the joy, energy and drama in this transitional piece. I expect some future paintings will have neatly taped edges, while others escape, depending on what each painting needs.