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Tips & tricks to bring art into your life
When you’re considering an art purchase, your eyes may be drawn to big statement pieces. But don’t overlook the power of small!
Here are some tips on how to make the most of these miniature masterpieces...
1. Collect with Passion, Not Pressure
Small paintings are often more affordable than their larger counterparts, making them an excellent choice for art enthusiasts on a budget. When you're adding to your collection, remember that the size of the piece doesn't diminish its artistic value. Focus on what resonates with you and you’ll find that small paintings can hold just as much emotional & aesthetic significance as larger ones.
BONUS - buying small might mean that you have enough left in your budget to purchase something from another artist as well! Nothing beats coming home from an art show with two or three small pieces from local artists.
2. Add Life & Colour to Small Spaces
While large paintings may require a substantial amount of wall space, small paintings offer unparalleled versatility in display. They can be featured in cozy corners, alcoves, or even on your desk!
3. Mix and Match
One of my favourite ways to display small paintings is with a gallery wall or in a small grouping.
This is a fantastic way to create a strong focal point in your home, without breaking the bank. Get creative! You don't have to limit yourself to a single style or theme. Embrace the opportunity to mix and match! You can even throw in some framed quotes, photographs, children’s art, or knick-knacks.
Play around! These arrangements can tell stories, evoke emotions, and even serve as a conversation starter.
4. Rotate and Refresh
To fully appreciate your collection of small paintings, consider periodically rotating the pieces on display. This practice keeps your space dynamic and allows you to showcase different aspects of your artistic taste. It's a great way to ensure that each small painting receives its moment in the spotlight.
5. Frame with Care
The right frame can elevate a small painting and enhance its impact. When purchasing a small piece, consider its dimensions. You’ll have a much easier time finding budget friendly frames if the piece fits a standard-size (ex: 4” x 6”, 5” x 7”, 8” x 10”). Personally, I love the look of a 4” x 6” piece nestled in an 8” x 10” matt and frame. The space around the piece gives the artwork room to breathe while drawing the eye in.
6. Explore Hidden Gems
To the artist, small paintings can be a great way to play. Some artists use small canvases for bold experimentation or as an outlet for personal expression. As a result, sometimes you’ll find some really unique paintings that are a complete deviation from the artists’ norm. Keep an open mind and explore the depth and diversity within the world of small paintings.
When you’re next out at an art show or gallery, consider having a look at those smaller pieces. And remember: You don’t need to buy big to make a big impact.