I try painting a new painting daily and each one is a great learning experience.
After I started painting small and almost daily, I came to know about “a painting a day” movement and it appealed to me. Here are a few reasons for that.
Pushing the envelope, 6 x 8, oil on canvas
1. Available Time
I started painting small when I was still in a full-time job in IT industry. So I only had weekends to paint. Coming back to a half-done painting was not so appealing and so painting small was a better option.
I was inspired by the “a painting a day” movement which was started by artist Duane Keiser. It appealed to me as I would potentially have a finished painting at the end of each day I got to paint.
3. Easy to store
At that time I did not have a dedicated studio for painting and so painting small was more realistic than painting big canvases.
Tropical Sapodilla, 6 x 8, oil on canvas
4. Less mental involvement
If I mess up a big canvas I feel worse than when I mess up a small canvas. Mistakes happen and then you need to either wipe the canvas or totally throw it away. It’s all less painful with smaller canvases.
The initial investment in the canvas, paints and time is small for small paintings and so I feel more willing to experiment with them and try new ways of working. Experimentation is the key to artistic growth.
6. Easy to sell
It is easy for art buyers to buy smaller paintings due to their smaller price tag.
7. They are bought as gifts
Small paintings are easy to give as gifts to friends, family, clients and so on due to an affordable price tag. This results in more sales and who doesn’t like that?
River Kosi, 6 x 8, oil on canvas
8. Easy to ship
Small paintings can be easily shipped in an envelope. Shipping charges are also more affordable.
If any of these reasons resonate with you, start painting small, more often and see if it’s right for you.
To get some inspiration, see my Daily Paintings here.