Little portraits

Small portrait - Scott

Almost all of the portraits I’ve painted over the years are life size or larger. I like being able to paint in details without using teeny tiny brushes (also, my hand’s not particularly steady).

Little self-portrait

But recently I got to wondering, could I paint smaller portraits? Do I lack the skill simply because I’ve never tried it? So I decided to challenge myself. The paintings in this post are all on 15 x 15 cm canvas board (6 x 6 inches). Not bad, I guess, but I think I could do better. So I’m going to keep experimenting with little portraits for a little while.

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8 Responses to “Little portraits”

  1. Kat says:

    Those turned out great, if you ask me! I think it’s hard to switch over to a new format, you have to rethink and retrain your self. I’ve starting playing with square format in my photography right now, and it’s been challenging!

  2. Miriam says:

    Those look wonderful! I agree with Kat about moving to a new media. I’ve been toying with lomography which while it seems like it should be so similar to other photography formats, but isn’t really.

    ICLW #61

  3. Jul says:

    Thanks, Kat and Miriam. Great that you are both challenging yourself creatively! I don’t even know what lomography is. I think I’ll have a google…

  4. Mrs. Gamgee says:

    I’m so un-artistic it’s sad, but those portraits look really good to me. I think it’s important to always keep challenging yourself. That’s the only way we can grow.


  5. Jenni says:

    I think that the smaller format turned out very well. It’s hard to switch from something you’re used to, to something new, but that’s what makes us grow.

    Jenni – ICLW #12

  6. Wow- these are great. Love how you use the color in them.

  7. nh says:

    That’s good work…

  8. Jul says:

    Thanks, all! Your comments are so appreciated.

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