All about making miniatures

Miniature art can be referred to as the little jewels of the art world. These are usually smaller than 5 x 7 inches and incorporates all of the attributes as a larger work of art. Miniature art has a long history and the small paintings were carried by the owner similar to the way we now keep photographs or images with us. One of the nicest advantages of miniature art is that you do not need a specific place or a large wall or area to enjoy them. They are perfect to hang on the small walls between windows and doors. Paintings work well on small easels for mantles, end tables and bookcase shelves. They can add a touch of color or excitement to small corners. You can have an extensive art collection without needing a lot of space. One collector was very creative. She removed the wire and screw eyes from the back of the painting and replaced them with magnets. Now she enjoys seeing them on her refrigerator.

The art works very well when grouped together. You can have a group based on the same artist, subject matter or style. They do not all need to be the same size or have the same frame but they do need to be in balance with one another. If they are not in balance, then one or more pieces will visually dominate the grouping. Another advantage of miniature art is that they are easy to transport from one home to another. You can be very creative in displaying miniature works of art since they do not need a large wall of area dedicated to them. This is a wonderful area of art to collect. Melanie Smith is one of the owners of Seaside Art Gallery which has been established since 1961. She is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers with a specialty in fine art and animation art. She has hosted and organized numerous art shows and has been a judge for art shows in eastern North Carolina. She also developed and presented the webinar, “Prints, Original, Fakes or Reproductions” for the International Society of Appraisers.