Some Memories Never Fade Colored Pencil on Film 2 5/8" x 1 1/2"
All Washed UP Acrylic on Multi-media Art Board 2 9/16" x 3 9/16"
"Rhodie" With Bee Colored Pencil and Iridescent Acrylics on Film
2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
2 3/4" x 3 3/4"
My entry, "Rhodie" With Bee, could possibly be rejected because it does not fit the *1/6th scale rule of a miniature, (see AMA Guidelines below). It would be difficult to paint this image 1/6th of it's actual size and have the same impact that I was going for. I wanted to make it an intimate view of the bee with it's iridescent wings inside the flower. What attracted me in the first place was the way the light hit the flower and then the bee deciding at that moment to fly in, was a gifted moment. ** However, some miniature shows do allow the work in the show if it was painted "in the "spirit of miniature". This certainly was done in that spirit, meeting with all the other requirements. As a member of the Association of Miniature Artists, (AMA), I want to be sure that I am upholding their standards. I don't know if The Fells Point Gallery will notify the artist if their work has been juried in or not. I do hope this work will be accepted though.
The Art Gallery at Fells Point, 26th Annual North American Miniature Art Exhibition, 1716 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD. Show opens September 29th through October 31st. Phone: 410.327.1272. Judge for the show, Margaret Graham Kranking
**For example, the average size of the human head is 9 inches. At one sixth actual size, the head would be 9/6 inches = 1 ½ inches. Subjects too small to portray at one sixth scale may still meet the spirit of a miniature if the work meets the other criteria for a miniature.
AMA Guidelines: While the AMA recognizes and encourages individuality, experimentation and future changes in the miniature art movement the AMA exists to provide a common ground among members especially in the context of defining their work to the public. As a member of the AMA you choose to agree with the following statements:
1. Given the historical foundation of traditional miniature art, I will strive to understand it better for the promotion, preservation and advancement of the art form.
2. Given the perplex multiple definitions of the term Miniature today, I choose to adhere to the following tenets to describe and distinguish traditional miniature work and when possible, will adhere to them in creating, displaying, and marketing artwork as a ‘miniature’:
*•Minute in scale vs. life sized. For practicality following the general 1/6th scale for my work sent to formal miniature exhibitions and shows.
•Delicate and painstaking technique that withstands magnification.
•Small in format and size. 25 inches or less for surface area. Sculpture should fit inside an 8″x8″x8″ cube including the base.
•High in quality. The work should exemplify Fine Art ~ demonstrating a mastery of composition, color, values etc.
3. Given my concern for the future of the miniature art form I will do my best to educate artists and the public about the historical and current miniature art movement, contribute work to the exhibitions and volunteer when possible with the existing societies, shows and online forums as interaction with fellow artists is key to better understanding and continued advancement of the genre. My membership in the AMA will continue as long as I work in the miniature art genre and adhere with the statements and tenets.