Thursday, June 18, 2015

HoE, Two Finishes, Four Miniature Portraits

Greetings!
I just got word the Christmas ornament I sent to my Hooked on Exchanging partner, Gabi, arrived.

And here's the cutest little fox ornament I received from Rosa - THANK YOU, Rosa!!
Last year, I participated in a Round Robin swap hosted by lovely June. I have been contemplating what do do with some of the stitching I received and stumbled into some miniature frames in my stash. Here they are -
These are proudly displayed in my sewing/painting studio.

While wandering around Pinterest this morning, I found some beautiful 18th century miniature portraits and it re-awakened my passion for these little things. You know how I ADORE miniatures - well, I thought I'd share some of the ones I've painted on porcelain:

 3.25x2.5 inches.

If you look closely, this young lady is holding a locket in her hand. 

I painted this from a Christmas Card using the Old Master's method, called "grisaille". You can see it has a different look to it from the girl with the locket:

Madonna and Child - 2.75 inches in diameter

Grisaille is a term used when a painting is done in monochrome, or grays. Here's what a painting would look like after the first fire, before color is applied:

Madonna
2 3/8 x 1 3/4 inches

Last, but not least, here is a little angel:
2 1/8 x 3 inches

I've got a few more to share - but I'll do that in a future post.

16 comments:

  1. What great exchanges! I love how you framed your RR pieces. They look very good!
    Oh your paintings are spectacular Kim! I love the madonna piece the most.

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  2. Rosa sent you such a cute fox. I love the gold frames you used to frame the RR pieces. Where can I find something similar?

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  3. I got mine from http://www.miniartsupply.biz - they have a great selection.
    xxx

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  4. Your painting is amazing Kim as is your stitching.

    Linda

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  5. Looks like you and your partner were well-matched. Very cute ornaments. I like those gold frames too. They really enhance the nice stitching.

    I am totally overwhelmed by the porcelain paintings. I read this right, didn't I? You painted those? I'm speechless here.

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  6. Great ornaments and absolutely wonderful miniatures!

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  7. Hi Kim you do such beautiful work my friend,your portraits are awesome xx

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  8. Lovely exchanges.
    Thank-you for sharing the Pinterest Pictures.

    Blessings
    Catherine

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  9. Beautiful little miniatures! I'm in awe, I really am. Lovely exchange pieces, too! :D

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  10. OMG!! Madonna in the kind of sepia tones is just AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE IT!
    Congrats on your latest finishes & sweet exchanges too :)

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  11. Oh Kim your miniatures are fantastic .
    Love how you put your R/R into the frames , also a lovely exchange by both .

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  12. Ooooh that little fox is just adorable! I like the frames you found for June's gifts too, they really fit perfectly! Love the lady with the locket. Your minis are really awe inspiring! :D

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  13. You are so so talented Kim! I love your miniatures. Great swap items too.

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  14. Portrait minis are looking lovely. Great. Cross stitches are so cute.

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  15. Oh my goodness, Kim I have said it before and I will say it again - you have an awesome talent. hugs, Kaye SSF

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