Painting Small and Simple

Lately, I’ve become enamored with painting small and simple. It began with watercolors, the medium I’m most familiar with, and from there it meandered through gouache to acrylics.

The painting above is of a very old farmhouse just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. My own love affair with this place began over 35 years ago! (cue shocked emoji) This particular painting will be gifted to one of the family members/owners of said farmhouse.

I’m slowly but surely amassing a collection of home portraits – all of our six homes over the years. Portrait number four is of our former home in Virginia – my favorite. It was small but mighty in personality with wide plank floors, exposed beams, a fireplace in the kitchen and a view of the Blue Ridge Parkway (sigh). I loved that place and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

This is what I’ve been doing in the art world. In my other world I’ve begun the process of planning our daughter’s wedding. (cue shocked emoji again) I have to admit, things have changed a bit in the wedding world since I last did it.

What have you been up to?

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  1. I’ve been painting small (and from the heart) as well lately. I’ve just spent the day scanning and preparing the paintings so I can sell them as prints and cards. It certainly helps to work small so you can scan rather than photograph. Thank goodness for my graphic design background to do the layout of the artwork. It’s midnight here and I’ve just completed one part of the process while listening to The Shack, which I also completed. I’m loving your pieces. I also love reading the story behind them. It makes me want to start a blog too so I can share my process. I love how you’re exploring, as am I. It’s fun. I can’t wait to see where you go next. 🙂

    • Good for you, Brigitte! And thank you for your compliments and words of encouragement. I agree that having a graphic design background makes things TONS easier!

  2. Both of these are wonderful, Lori.
    I smile as I read this, as over the past couple of months, I have begun to print out some of my photos in a very small format. I am not sure why, but I just like to see them that way.
    On another note, I have been soaking up as much summer as is left here. I am not sure where the summer went, but it sure has flown by.
    Have a fantastic weekend, my friend!

    • Thanks, Lisa! Small is definitely good. And I couldn’t agree more but down here in the south I’ve reached my limit on the heat of summer. So ready for cooler days.

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