I am participating in a fun show down in Costa Mesa, California during month of December. It’s the Randy Higbee ‘6 x 6 Squared’ Show, and there will a lot of tiny art hung in a massive space. All of it being exactly 6 x 6 inches in size. (Some other Portland friends are participating as well, specifically Scott Gellatly and Brenda Boylan, as well as other painters from all over the US I met during the past year.)
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Whoops. Forgot to include the date and place of the show:
December 4th – 28th
102 Kalmus Drive
Costa Mesa CA 92626
or visit RandyHigbeeGallery.com
6 x 6 inches is much smaller than I’ve ever worked before, and ironically, I found myself investing as much time and detail in these little gems as I would have anything larger. So whoever buys one of my wee ‘lil’ paintings is going to get a fantastic deal. I’m quite pleased with how each one turned out. I knocked out a total of eleven paintings; seven landscapes, and four intimate table-tops – and what I learned was this:
“Small can be fresh and beautiful. Small can be exciting. Small can be textured and loose. Small doesn’t have to be tightly rendered, poked, picked and prodded at…”
Now, of course the way I learned all that was by poking and prodding at a number of earlier starts before figuring it out. (Ha!) So, as cat-licked as some of these little pictures may look on-screen – trust me, they are not. I love them. Now, if I can get scale such teensy-weensy, but florid brushwork up to a big ‘ol’ 30 x 40 canvas I’ll really have something for the wall, eh?
Below are the five paintings accepted into Randy’s show. I understand they may be pre-purchased before the exhibition opens on Dec. 4th., so if you want one to slip under the Menorah or Xmas tree for your baby to wake up to, call Randy at (714) 357-1318. The paintings have already shipped to SoCal so bug him and not me. (Hey. Wait a minute! I only shipped 5 out of the 11. This means, I have six more you can buy ‘direct from the manufacturer’. So maybe call me, if you want to see any of those…)
A studio-based how-to class that will focus upon working oils wet-into-wet, with the idea of completing a painting within a single session. We will work from the still-life and the figure, indoors, under controlled lighting.
To be held up on Mt. Hood, Oregon. We’ll reserve rooms at the lodge and step outside to paint.
Plein air painting focusing on the architectural canyons found in the Oregon Smith Rock area. This will be held in early summer.
A five-day workshop, in and around Portland, Oregon, focusing upon what every plein air painter should know.