Wednesday, March 31, 2010

March Challenge Complete... Sort of

Kylee, 2.5" diameter, acrylic

This was my post for the March Challenge on Open Sketch Book Society. Here's a little history on the miniature.

Miniatures derived from illuminated manuscripts, and in England they took off during the early Tudor period. The miniature was a unique art form because it was intimate. The viewer had to pick it up and hold it close to see it. It was either round or oval in shape, sometimes inscribed with text. Miniatures were displayed in cabinets, or worn around the neck or waist as an item of jewelry. This is where lockets come from. They could also be pinned near the heart. They were portable, and popular as gifts for lovers. They were also usually covered, a way to keep it a personal secret. Miniatures were especially used as a part of courtly love. They were given to show favor.

While, traditionally, miniatures were meant to be held close and worn as jewelry, I've decided to take a different approach to this art form. I will still be working small and applying colored backgrounds (like Holbein), and will try to keep to the standard poses. However, I will be displaying them as you see here, matted. This is only the first one I've done so far, my test piece, I guess. I plan on doing a series of these, and eventually will display them in grid formation next to each other. My purpose for this miniature style is not secretive, and so I will not be treating that way. Instead, I am sort of incorporating that pop cultural design element, bright colors in formation.

I am also glad to finally be using my circle cutter. I didn't have a reason to use it until now. And I finally figured out how to use it the right way! I still need to tape everything down because it's quite unruly, but my circles are cleaner now.


  1. I love the texture, and the colors are fantastic.

    "Kylee." Is that the name of the model?

  2. Yes. Kylee is the model. I thought of you when I wrote her name because they are so similar.