It's been a year and a day, but I am back and I have great news to share with you. I'll be showing a triptych of three tiny paintings at Leanna Lin's Wonderland's new show, 'Tiny Wonderland: Great Things in Small Packages'. It will be opening this Saturday, September 9th and will run until October 23rd.
In anticipation of the show's opening night, that I sadly will not be able to attend, I felt it could be fun to show everyone my thought process that went into creating my final 3 paintings for the show. When I first got the acceptance email that I was going to be in the show and received the details and specs for the paintings (no artist was allowed to submit more than 3 paintings maximum and each painting could be no larger than 5x5 inches framed) I thought that these 3 paintings would take me no more than maybe 2 weeks tops. In the end it took me about a little more than a month to finish these three tiny paintings from conception to final, framed painting.
Now, this doesn't happen very often when I'm planning out a very intense project. I hardly ever find that my first sketch ideas are the best nor are they the sketches that I end up turning into the final pieces. But in this instance, that's exactly what ended up happening. I started with these super, teeny, tiny thumbnails sketches of a bunny burrow, some of the first few words I jotted down. And from there I developed what would then become the basis of the 3 triptych paintings: a bedroom/living room, a kitchen/dining room, and a surprise super fun dance hall at the end.
I also ended up going back into the color study for the second painting. The first initial study (left) first had yellow walls (right), but once I added the characters and their bright costumes into the scene I felt that all of the bright saturated colors was just too much. I went back into the first study and painted the left wall blue and went with the overall more toned down earthy tones.
I hope you enjoyed reading about the making of these three tiny paintings exploring a tiny wonderland underground. :) If you're in the Eagle Rock, CA area while the show is running please swing by and take some pictures of the paintings for me!
Until next time, folks. Thanks again for reading this very long post.