Dhown’t stop me now – DAY 4/365

Dhown’t stop me now – DAY 4/365

“Dhown’t stop me now” – Day 4 of 365 #tinypainting challenge.
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Zanzibar is the inspiration for today’s painting. I travelled there a few years back with a friend while we both sought comfort after recent breakups. The warm water, fresh and fragrant foods, dhow rides and ambles through Stone Town are better than any therapy. It also happens to be the birthplace of one unstoppable individual – the late, great Freddie Mercury. And yes, this painting came about while boogying to the rhapsody of Queen. 💃🏼 Time: 5 hours
🎨from📷@shescreative_af

Catching Z’s – Day 3/365

Catching Z’s – Day 3/365

I miss sleep and I’m dreaming of road trips through SA. Patterns are all around us – some obvious, some less so and there’s little else like a meander through the country side to invite the child in you out to play. Let’s see if I can find more letters in landscapes throughout this year’s tiny paintings. If you’ve spotted one, send it to me! .
Luckily this was a fairly quick one to paint – I’m already learning heaps about my overly ambitious tendencies and the necessity of balance!
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Time: 3 hours
🎨from 📷: free stock image 🤭😋

‘One of a Kindness – Day 2/365

‘One of a Kindness – Day 2/365

I made a stuff up last year. I reached out to @wilddrivelife, a couple traveling the US in their refurbished bus home, because their journey and their account inspired me so much. I wanted to paint them a miniature painting of one of their favourite feed photos as my way of saying thank you and because I figured tiny bus living didn’t offer much in the way of wall space for art. To my huge delight they loved my paintings. But when they asked how much I would charge for one, all good intentions flew out the window and my ego kicked in. (What? They’re willing to pay for my art?! Stoked!) Even though I hate conversations about money, I used the chance and was honest about what I thought my art was worth. They weren’t currently in a position to buy my art and I was left feeling a bit icky about how the whole thing had turned out.
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In a world that teaches us to fight for what we deserve and elbow our way to the top it can be really tough to listen to a voice inside you that wants to just give your gifts to a total stranger as a spontaneous gesture of thanks. By all means, we should sell art. The intention here however was never to sell, it was to give and by letting money sway me from a genuine act of kindness was not my proudest moment.🤦‍♀️ This painting is my way of doing right by my heart.

Megg and Ben – this miniature painting of your beautiful bus is for you. It belongs in your tiny mobile home. Thank you for inspiring me to chase my own dreams all the way across the world.

Now – if anyone from Cape Town is headed to the great ol’ US (or knows a friend who is) please get in touch so this painting can find its way home. ✨
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🎨of 📷@wilddrivelife
Time: 8 hours

‘Deep Connections’ – Day 1/365

‘Deep Connections’ – Day 1/365

“Deep Connections” – second in a series of whale awareness inspired tiny paintings and the first in my 2019 365-challenge. **Gulp** Yep, for the next 365 days @19gramgallery will be posting 1 miniature painting a day. My paintings are always of nature (often beautiful images I find on Instagram taken by environmental photographers, people I admire, or those getting out there and living their dream). They usually weigh 19grams – so this is my way of adding weight to what matters to me. It’s a tiny painting of a larger than life moment.
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I hope you enjoy them and stick around with me on this journey to see how it unfolds (or if I lose my mind and possibly my eyesight trying)
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🎨from 📷@fathomlesslife

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