Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Tiny Bit of History re Miniature Art - Uffizi, Florence

I was fortunate enough to spot an original miniature in a 2nd hand store, and purchased it, despite it looking like a Christmas card cut out. It was about 2x3", in an oval shape.
I do have the details somewhere of the artist that painted it, even though the work was not signed. It may even be that the piece of paper I have, bearing the signature, came with the miniature when it was purchased.
I found out that my miniature is a 'copy' of one of the most popular artworks that was on display at the Uffizi Museum in Florence, Italy. The painting is Carlo Dolci's (1616-1686) "Magdalene". From what I understand, this was one of the most popular paintings in the Uffizi Art Museum in Florence, Italy.

Doing research I found that miniaturists would work in the Uffizi museums in Florence and Venice around the turn of the 19th/20th century, and offer or paint replicas of the paintings. These were sold to the tourists as souvenirs. How much they cost, I can't imagine. But it seems that my miniature is one of these.
What I find 'amusing' is the 'Victorian' style that it is done in, rather than trying to copy the painting reflecting the style of the 1600s.
Here is the miniature I own. I think it is either on ivory or ivorine, it is a hard translucent surface.

Click on the image for more detail, and here is more detail - magnified...

For anyone researching information on the history of miniatures, this could be interesting information. I certainly found it interesting. Particularly I'd like to know more about the artists that worked as miniaturists in the museum(s), catering to the tourist trade.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Original ACEO-sized watercolor (2.5x3.5").

Just listed on etsy: Original watercolor painting 2.5x3.5" ACEO.
"Sitting pretty"

"Such a pretty little girl! She was dressed in Victorian re-enactment clothing, in the historical town of Jacksonville, Oregon (about 20 miles from here). An irresistible subject for my painting."


Friday, November 12, 2010

Miniature gouache - beach scene in summer "Another Day in Paradise"

Take a look at this:

First time I've offered it for sale. It's professionally framed.
I love it, and hope it will find a loving home.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

All in one place: SFA - small format art and miniature art

Currently for sale, images with links to selling sites:

Small format and Miniature Art: Jillian Crider

If you're a small format artist (SFA) maybe you'd like to have a look around the site, it's not just a site for me - it's for promoting SFA in general.


A new 2.5x3.5" watercolor painting.

My first ACEO (collectible art, just 2.5x3.5") I've done in ages. A watercolor:

I've listed it for 5 days on eBay.

"Don't Worry, Be Happy"

I've also listed a lot of older artworks at greatly reduced prices.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Miniature painting - watercolor, rodeo, cowboy

Taking advantage of the free eBay listings:

Just listed my framed miniature award-winning watercolor painting:

3.25 x 1.35"


Sunday, April 11, 2010

New original miniature art: Rodeo.

Just did this one today:
1.35 x 3.25"
"Ridin' the Rails"
So it's about 1/2 the size of an ACEO.
Transparent watercolor. As usual, the scan does not do it justice.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ACEO 2.5x3.5" original art 2nd in series "Alice in Wonderland"

Well, as I write this my ACEO art card is getting multiple bids on eBay, and about to end in a few hours.

Here is my second in this series "Alice in Wonderland revisited" See the listing for the story behind this. Watercolor + ink. Collectible trading card sized - 2.5x3.5".

You can read the story so far in both my listings...

Thanks for looking...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ACEO 2.5x3.5" original art - Alice in Wonderland revisited.

Alice in Wonderland revisited.
"The Audition Line-Up" - Chapter 1.

ACEO original watercolor + ink listed on eBay. What ARE these little hamsters up to? "When the hamsters heard that Johnny Depp was going to star in 'Alice in Wonderland' they were all very excited... " read more on the auction page!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Published illustrations - artwork for sale ...

Own ORIGINAL artwork from a published book illustration:

[b]SALE price. [/b]
ACEO (2.5x3.5")
B&W sketch - ink + black pencil.

More coming up in the next few days or so.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 11, 2010

2.5x3.5" watercolor painting of a CIRCUS CLOWN

Finished this one in the early morning hours. An original watercolor I'm selling as an ACEO (2.5x3.5"). "Sunshine & Smiles". The fourth ACEO in my popular series of circus clown paintings. This guy has the sweetest and most charming smile.

The ebay listings is up for a week:



Sunday, January 3, 2010

Original acrylic painting Atlanta Victorian House

My latest ACEO. I'm back doing houses again.

This time this is an acrylic painting of a early 1900s house in Atlanta done in impressionist style. It's an ACEO, which is tiny artwork, always 2.5 x 3.5".
It didn't scan well due to the texture of the canva-paper it's painted on, so this is a photo ... and we all know that the original painting is MUCH better than the photo shows!

It's listed on eBay:

Thanks for looking.