In between my larger oil paintings (up to 4' x 6') I paint a lot of much smaller ones; typically 6" x 8" or 8" x 10". I used to use the inexpensive 'canvas boards' which come ready primed, etc. However, I found that they do not suit my technique as well as primed masonite boards. I buy a 4'x8' sheet of NON TEMPERED masonite and cut it up to various sizes. Then each peace needs to be primed on all surfaces…usually two coats of good gesso on the face. I do not mind faint brush strokes in the gesso since often these leave a pleasing texture. Sometimes a light sanding is necessary.
Now with a good stack of small 'boards'…I am ready to paint!
When people see my MINI paintings, they a very surprised to learn that they are all painted with just my fingers. Yes…FINGER PAINTING! I use NO brushes except on very rare occasions when I might want a detail such as a light house.
I start with no plan or image in mind. As with many artists, the image evolves. Usually each painting takes no more than 30 mins. This is why I love them. They are quick...very emotionally expressive seascapes and landscapes. They allow me to experiment and sometimes they lay the image foundation for a much larger canvas. If for some reason the mini painting does not develop, I quickly wipe it cleaned and start over. I like that there is no serious commitment in time so do not worry about the outcome. Some I like, some not so much.
After a few days I will line a few up and paint over with retouch varnish to offer some protection and even out the inevitable gloss and matte areas. I found a great simple gold frame for these minis…
I am attaching a few. Others can be seen on my website: www.peterlaughton.com