Lately I have been minimising my art in a similar way to how I have been minimising other areas of my life. Maximising was crucial to my development and the idea of going bigger was and still is important to me, but here is no reason to play the same game or play it in the same way all of the time. I get to make my own rules here, so at the moment, I am interested in minimising. That currently means using a limited palette in a painting and it means using small canvases or papers. It means using the same visual inspiration but considering it over and over. It does not mean, in this case, anything that is attempting to recreate the actual minimalist movement in art.
The above canvases is 8x8 square and the three below are 6x6.
In all of these paintings I used the same minimal colour palette, including whatever results from mixing these colours- titanium white, yellow ochre, raw umber, golden green and pthalo blue (green shade). I also used my three favourite brushes. The colours are inspired by the colours that are outside my window, the blues, greens browns and off-whites of the trees, sky, mountains and sea, but also the pavement, the fences and houses of the neighbourhood.
Looking at these photos I see that I neglected to sign the smaller ones, which is quite typical of me. I don't actually like signing my paintings but it's not because I am ashamed of them. The reason I don't like to sign them is simply that I think my initials often ruin the picture. The squiggle of initials in the corner doesn't always work with the image I have created and I don't want it there. Perhaps I will take up signing the back of the canvas instead.
I have been making my doodles and other experiments small scaled as well. These mixed media bits are in progress and destined to be greeting cards.
My small doodle book is nicely portable and also works well on days when I stay in bed. Mind you, my love of black ink and white bedding is a bit of a poor mix.
I'm a Zentangle amateur, but I approach this as an exercise in patience as well as a pleasurable doodling experience. I can't draw anything straight or symmetrical to save my life. The great thing about this kind of doodling is that you can come back to it and add more detail, add shading for a dimensional effect and just work on it at any pace. The booklet is about 4x5 inches, or smaller than a pair of scissors which is perfect for carrying around with you.
I don't know if small paintings are a whim, something I will just do once in awhile or if they are my current direction. I still like larger movements and brush strokes. In a small space I prefer a less complicated image, so the obvious conclusion is that there are reasons to enjoy painting large and reasons to enjoy painting small just as there are reasons to enjoy variety in other areas of life. Sometimes you feel like a nut. Sometimes you don't.