Here are three small paintings on board that I painted during one day sessions.
I don't normally have such a limited time to make a painting, albeit small, as I normally work for quite a while on each picture, and I declare a painting finished at least four times before it actually is.
Anyway these are all on board, prepared with my favourite casein ground. In this first one I was quite distant from the model, always a good idea when I work on a small size painting: it helps me not getting too detailed.
The other two paintings were done with a model wearing a nice kimono coming straight from Japan ( thank you to my friend Bukie, and I got to keep the kimono after the class !).
I did not have a canvas prepared for the day so I arrived with a couple of small boards and I was not sure how I was going to use them. I am recently experiencing the need for more room to move around on the canvas, and the idea of painting large works doesn't seem daunting anymore. I immediately got used to larger size canvasses and now I find small boards harder to deal with.
During my recent short trip to Paris I was very impressed with some of Corot's figure paintings that I saw in the Louvre, and I thought I might paint something more or less in the same scale, this is 34x29 cm (13"x11").
I have deliberately made the head very geometric, egg like, abandoning any temptation to paint a likeness. In the background there was a pot of hydrangeas on a table; someone pointed out that they look like a flower painting on an easel, which I like.
This last small head is a result of a morning only, unfortunately I had to leave early. I am making some studies for a project I have in mind for next year, so I am experimenting different sizes for head only portraits.
I don't think I could paint a portrait smaller than this, at 24x16 cm ( 9"x6") it's a very "dense" size.