So I am absolutely thrilled back in December to discover that the first juried show I finally get it together for accepts me! I then received the details for the show and in the bustle hustle of the hurried harried holiday season upon me I threw them in a heap on a table and forgot about them. Mildly and somewhat more discomforting sicknesses plagued our household throughout December and early January. So much so, that I never painted during the winter vacation from school. In my mind, I decided that I had paintings that fit the requirements for the show.
LITTLE did I know that I did not know the definition of miniature. One week prior to the shows drop off date, I gaze at the requirements for information. I quickly gleaned that out of the five paintings I planned to use for the show, one met the size requirement. ACK! My heart began pounding in my chest. The prices, medium, and title were due immediately. I quickly fired off an email asking for the latest possible time I could submit the information that day.
To my great relief the person in charge gave me a two day extension to submit my painting information. Still in a state of panic, I raced to the my basement studio ever greatful and mindful of the peacefully sleeping toddler upstairs. Painting was no longer something I wanted to do, but something I NEEDED to do. My name was listed in the show's flyers... if I failed to drop off artwork...
I began rummaging through my supplies in panic mode.
These were the thoughts racing through my mind: No canvases the size of a small child's head existed in my studio. Where was I going to get canvases the size of a grapefruit immediately when the toddler is napping??? No one to watch him while I run to the store. If he's sleeping I need to paint. What am I going to paint? Whoever decided 25 square inches was a good idea is on my list.
Grabbing a ruler, I began ripping canvas to the miniature specifications. As the canvases took shape, a plan formulated in my mind. Peace settled in. Paint what I know. Paint what exists. Paint what is available.
Little Show Paintings