The La Habra Art Gallery is displaying their Small and Miniature Show this month. Art work has to be 8x10 or smaller. It seemed like a fun challenge. I began with my blank wooden nesting dolls. I had bought them over a year ago. I never drew on them because I was afraid to mess up. But I ended up having a lot of fun drawing on them. I used pencil and a rapidograph pen. The ink began to bleed in some areas, so I coated the wood with a light layer of gel medium. That seemed to help.
I always seems to have odd sized canvases in my home and decided to draw on a small 4"x 4" square. This is the 2nd piece I did for the show. I wanted to include a drawing of all of the main Mizzles that I love to draw. After finishing the drawing on the top, I began to draw on the sides. The entire canvas is drawn with a rapidograph pen and ink.
The last piece I created is my favorite and from the amount of "likes" on Facebook, it seems others feel the same. The canvas is 12"x4". I drew this illustration onto watercolor paper and used Derwent Inktense pencils and Prismacolor Watercolor pencils to color it. Then I used Gel medium to adhere it to the canvas. I was a bit surprised to hear that it won 3rd place. The work in the gallery tends to be more traditional. I like showing my work, so I never expect to win any awards when entering the group shows. But I'm delighted about the award! It makes me feel like I'm definitely headed down the right path.