Miniature Painting

SOMETIMES A LITTLE PARTICLE MEANS MORE THAN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

Miniature painting has been a bit forgotten and replaced by ubiquitous cameras and smartphones with webcams. It is a nostalgic field with vintage accents that fascinates me enormously. With my works, I try to evoke elusiveness, more and more often creating a miniature also in a functional form. This is why jewelry adorned with miniature paintings emerges from under my fingers. On the other hand, in today’s everyday life, we are bombarded with information. The rush of life is enormous, it is a luxury to stop and pay attention to little things. Also for the creator.

A good mini painting takes from a few hours to several ten days of work. It all depends on how big the final format of the work is and how precise the detail is. Contrary to appearances, painting a miniature is about appropriately reducing the amount of detail, not just reducing an image.

Miniature painting – the miniature.

Miniature painting, tiny miniature watercolor painted on the wood slices. Beech wood ladybug on the ear of grass, covered with a clear resin glass. Kasia Haldas imageSOWER

I have been consciously dealing with a miniature as my main form of the visual message since 2012. I have been painting and drawing since I can remember. Over the past years, I have spent a lot of time exploring the techniques and perfecting my workshop. Until now, I have intended almost 7,000 hours of painting work to create miniatures. And countless amounts to studies, research, meetings, trips, that is everything that allows me to get to know this field in depth.

I used to think that I already know quite a lot about thumbnails. Today I claim that I have more and more questions that I am looking for answers to. There is also a lot of content that I want to meet in the future and people I would like to meet, although I could meet some of them only in a different world 🙂

Miniature painting, a composition of subjects painted on cotton and wooden background. ImageSOWER watercolor mini paintings

Meanwhile, each of my works is a tiny world closed in a picture. Currently, it appears more and more often in a functional form: necklace, earrings, brooch, or other forms of jewelry. Miniature painting is a speck of joy, a frozen moment with an element of the soul.

Thank you for your interest and feel free to contact me,
Kasia Haldas

Custom order your miniature painting

You can order from me a selected thumbnail with any topic. I am happy to paint for you what you dream about. Please remember that depending on the complexity of the selected thumbnail, the implementation time may take from several days to several weeks. Find more about me here.

Miniature Painting

Each of the options I offer includes:

  • Personalized order – you choose the theme you want to have painted
  • Painting with artistic paints – museum quality of pigments (100 years)
  • A very well rendered detail
  • You choose the expected final size by yourself
  • You will receive a personal certificate of authenticity with the miniature

They differ in between with a few several aspects, which I listed below:

Basic

19 € for 1 cm2

  • Cotton canvas (ACID free watercolor ARCHES paper)
  • No fixing of the painting (suitable for binding in a frame)

Standard

24 € for 1 cm2

  • Wooden background – seasoned wood from falls from Polish forests
  • Fixing the painting with varnishes (the painting can be framed, but also used as an ornament, pendant or jewelry piece)

Expert

29 € for 1 cm2

  • Wooden background – seasoned wood from falls from Polish forests
  • Fixing the painting with varnishes (the painting can be framed, but also used as an ornament, pendant or jewelry piece)
  • Fixing the painting with crystal jewelry glass (non-yellowing special resin, color-resistant to time and light)

Exclusive

39 € for 1 cm2

  • Wooden substrate – seasoned wood from falls from Polish forests
  • Fixing the painting with varnishes (the painting can be framed, but also used as an ornament, pendant or jewelry piece)
  • Fixing the painting with crystal jewelry glass (non-yellowing special resin, color-resistant to time and light)
  • Detail devoted with exceptional care and precision

Where does the price difference of miniature painting come from?

The given prices are indicative only, they do not constitute a commercial offer. In a way, I standardize the prices depending on the factors mentioned. For more complex or complex topics, the price will also be determined by the precision of the detail in relation to the background’s size*, the number of topics**, and the method of its preparation***.

* Background’s size (Size of the image)

The precision of the detail in relation to the size of the substrate. Usually working with a subject for miniature painting means the reduction of the detail to the necessary minimum. When the format or scope of the study expands, and the character of the miniature is to be maintained. This principle should be transferred to the “larger” field, which it is associated with a greater workload.

** Number of topics

The complexity of the work, i.e. the number of subjects the picture concerns, affects its price. It is connected with the necessity to devote more time to painting more complex work. When I paint a portrait of a dog, it is a completely different subject than the children playing with their dog by the Christmas tree. Presenting a few topics (dog, children, Christmas tree, and Christmas atmosphere) requires more work and time devoted to painting.

*** Method of preparation

A work painted on the basis of a photo provided by the client or guidelines on the subject may look different. The quality of the reference materials can vary widely. It is much easier to paint a simple image with a great quality of reference photos, with perfect lighting. Then much more complicated are things when it comes to sketching an earlier concept and studies for a given composition. Such topics include works based on a poor-quality photo, where details just have to be figured out. Of course, this is not a limitation but only obliges the painter to use his/her own imagination and spend more work to create a miniature.

The same applies to painting collages, combining various motifs with each other or reducing certain elements. E.g. cousins found years later, who live on two different continents, want to have a portrait together. Why not, but it’s a bit different than simply painting a portrait of one of them based on a good quality photo. Creating sketches and studies, sometimes also refining a detailed concept together with the client involves additional work.

Miniautre painting on the wood

You may also like to learn more about my miniatures created on wood and other materials.

Do you have any more questions about my miniature painting?

If something is not entirely clear to you, let me help you. If you want to order a mini in a selected topic, you can always write me an email to the address office@imagesower.com I will try to advise as best I can on the selection of the topic and format. As well as answer any questions you would have.