WELCOME TO MY ART BLOG~A TINY PAINTING ON QUARTZ CRYSTAL…

and I am the farthest thing from a miniaturist.  This is the first post of my new blog and here I am talking more about radio than painting.  My husband is an NPR radio engineer and Ham Radio operator, and he just gave me a teeny, thin quartz crystal from a damaged oscillator unit.  He said, “Can you use this for anything with your artwork?”
I looked at the 3/4″ x 3/4″ piece of lovely translucence and imagined a very small portrait with an led edge-lit display and an ornate magnifying glass on a goosneck.  It could be attached to the side of a larger matted frame (6″ x 6″?) for viewing the painting (Otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see it very well with the naked eye!).
Normally, I do life-size classical realism so this art tributary would be a diametric departure for me.  Do I have brushes tiny enough?  I would need a magnifier of my own just to create something this small. Strange how the painting muse strikes.  What do you think?
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Anyway, this new blog of mine will be an amalgam of art techniques, step-by-step processes, conversation we share together, books, and art “flotsam and jetsam,” that colloquial reference to miscellanea.  I welcome your conversation and hope you will share your wisdom and discoveries.

Marsha Rhodes Gilliam

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2 comments on “WELCOME TO MY ART BLOG~A TINY PAINTING ON QUARTZ CRYSTAL…

  1. Interested says:

    Hi Marsha,

    I’m glad to have found your site, it holds promise.

    I noticed ‘Girl With a Pearl Earring’ on your masthead. Is this Vermeer’s version or one of your old master copies you referred to in your ‘about’ bio?

    If it is yours, it would be interesting to see. Can you post the entire work?

    I look forward to reading more.

    Interested.

  2. Thanks so much, Interested. I would be happy to post the photo of my version of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and, better than that, I will begin showing you the process and stages I went through to paint it in the coming weeks.

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