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Pre Shrunk show at Argyle Fine Art

It’s the end of January, which means it’s time for another show of mini paintings at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax. This is the third year I’ve taken part, and this year I submitted 7 pieces, the most so far. I thought I would kick off my new blog habit with some information about the paintings I did, and past Pre Shrunk shows!

Here are all my little paintings for the 2020 show. The only stipulation is that all works must be 4″ x 5″ in size, and this year I decided to let the small size be an opportunity to experiment a little – as well as use some favourite themes.

These first two pieces were rather like painting old friends. They are my favourite subject matter – light and dark. Recently I’ve painted these sorts of subjects much larger, around 16″ x 20″, so it was fun to produce them on a much smaller scale.

These three pieces were all chosen for their skies. I love trees silhouetted against the sky, and I love sunsets but hadn’t tried a proper colourful sunset with acrylics before. The small scale was a good opportunity to try one out.

These two were the biggest experiment. I’ve been admiring tonalist paintings for some time now (blog post about this at some point!) and I wanted to try a couple for myself. They fit with ‘light and atmosphere’ style and I really like how they turned out. There will probably be some more experiments like this in the future – perhaps in oils!

I’d like to say a huge thanks to the 5 collectors who attended the opening of the Pre Shrunk show on January 26th and decided to give a home to 5 of these paintings! I think this was my biggest ever night – 5 sales in one day. As an emerging artist intent on making this my career that means a lot, so thank you :o)

And in case you’re interested, here’s a glimpse at my Pre-Shrunk paintings from previous years! 2019 was all about candles:

And 2018 was before I really found my calling with light and dark, and I submitted 5 watercolour and ink sketches: