Today I would like to share a series of whimsical miniature paintings (4in x4 in).
The subject of my study is an Owl. I attempted to create different whimsical images of Owl using variety of mixed-media techniques. One of them – using the Torn telephone pages collage technique I described in my tutorial here: http://balzerdesigns.typepad.com/
Painting in whimsical style is a real challenge for me. It is much more easier to create a realistic image. For example, here are several realistic paintings of the same subject –Owl.
How to achieve a whimsical look? The main idea is to add an element of surprise, but still have a recognizable image as a result.
1. Use unexpected colors for the object
2. Make unusual eyes
3. Simplify shapes
So far I created 7 images. “Sleeping owl” and “Girl with an Owl” are my favorite. I used paper collage, variety of cotton fabrics for collage elements, painted on fabric laminated to the cardboard, or directly on a gessoed cardboard. Pinted with acrylics.I plan to mount the paintings on a bigger size painted wooden boards for display.
And just for fun.. different object: a quick study of Whimsical cat in a hat.