You can’t whisper to a crowd.
‘The act of suggesting something secretly or privately’ is kept for you and I, or the preferential few huddled tightly together.
A whisper doesn’t waste time on small talk, it conveys an important message with intention.
It is not flamboyant or domineering, rather soft, subtle and unassuming. It doesn’t lose breath demanding attention, nevertheless a whisper’s murmur piques your interest as you ponder what hidden message you’re not privy to.
You want in on the whisper.
Mini portraits are like a whisper. They may be small in size and appear unassuming or quiet but the impact they have is huge.
The painting doesn’t shout out, yet it captures a person's full and undivided attention. Physically the viewers begins to move, they lean in, focus and steady themselves, becoming silent as they enter it’s world.
When working this small your body stills and your breathing shallows as every carefully considered mark is tentatively and intentionally placed. You’ve to think ‘What’s the least amount of information needed to create this moment…what needs to go?’
I had not anticipated Mini Portraits to be quite so powerful when I began making them which makes me even more in love with working in this scale at the minute.
Mini portraits are perfect for old photographs or images with little detail and are the perfect way of re-framing a memory or moment in time into a painting you'll have for life.
If you're thinking of commissioning a mini portrait for yourself or as a way of whispering ‘I love you’ to someone dear, contact me and tell me about who you'd like painted and what it means to you. ( You can also sign up to my Studio Notes where you're privy to 10% off your mini portrait.)
Or if you'd like to give a mini painting a go yourself, I've put together 12 tips for Painting Small with what to consider before, during and after your painting is completed.
4 courses coming up this Spring at Songbird Ceramics and Ards Art Centre.
Action, moving towards something deliberately is something I make an active decision about when growing my artwork and business, but it wasn't always like that.
The first two years I reacted….
Nearly every class I teach I hear someone say they feel ‘Not good enough.’
But the reality is that the terrain or distance of 'getting better' doesn't change. 'Not good enough' merely makes the journey feel more difficult - but mountains are there to be climbed, right?!
I've put together 5 ways we make Art more difficult than we need to, and in each and every point I'm raising my hand up and saying 'Yup, I do that!' Do you?
This year, I'm holding nothing back in a series and exhibition called 'Balancing Act,' a behind the scenes insight into balancing commitments and creativity. This is what’s happened in February:
I’ve been well aware that I’d be facing my own resistance this quarter as I took off so much time for the wedding in November and December. But knowing it’s coming and facing it are two different things…
Even though this painting is technically not my best work, I just Love it!
This is why…
Have you ever gone into a mad flurry of doing and then burnt out shortly after?
I know I have. So how do you prevent that?
A whisper doesn’t beat around the bush and waste time on small talk, It conveys an important message with intention.
Mini portraits are like a whisper. They may be small in size and appear unassuming or quiet but the impact they have is huge…
Each Month I’ll share two posts – the first being a monthly insight into the studio showing a round up of how I balanced the previous month’s workload, life and business with the pursuit of something that’s on the heart, which for me is a solo show.
The second post (on the third Monday of the month) will be a thought, concept or strategy to help you make more time for your he[art].
We’re back again this year with our most exclusive ceramic course of the year - a weekend retreat at 5* Ashbrooke House set within the idyllic countryside of Co. Fermangh.
This is a special place where clay has never felt so luxurious…
This year I'm holding nothing back in a series called 'Balancing Act,' a behind the scenes insight into balancing commitments and creativity. Because the way I see it, we’ve too many ‘have to’s and not enough ‘must do’s’
But this will be the first time I’ve lifted the veil as fully as this.