February Lunch & Learn

The cover of Kaia’s handout

The cover of Kaia’s handout

Speaking to a full house, February’s Lunch and Learn presenter was member/artist Kaia Thomas of Bowie, AZ.   Kaia gave a very interesting and informative talk about the history and art of Miniature Painting—illustrated by slides and many examples of her own beautiful work.

Who knew that the first “true” miniatures were tiny portraits of wealthy patrons found in the space of illuminated letters in secular texts created in the 11th century?!

From the 16th century onward it became common for first royalty, and then the general aristocracy to have their portraits done in miniature.  Hans Holbein, the younger, was a famous miniaturist in the Court of Henry VIII!

One of her recent miniatures.

One of her recent miniatures.

The invention of the camera put an end to the necessity of having a portrait painted, but the art of painting miniatures never truly died out.  Several Societies were created in the 19th century to stimulate the art form.  Miniature painters are no longer restricted to portraits, and a modern show will feature tiny works in every genre!

 Another miniature—this one failed to meet the infamous “1/6th rule” which requires that all subject matter must be no more than 1/6 the size of the original item.  Sadly, the butterfly was “too big!”

Another miniature—this one failed to meet the infamous “1/6th rule” which requires that all subject matter must be no more than 1/6 the size of the original item. Sadly, the butterfly was “too big!”

Today there are many organizations devoted to the art of the miniature, and shows are held across the U.S. and around the world.

Kaia also presented everyone with a very useful handout listing miniature art suppliers, sources for further information, materials used for creating our own miniatures, miniature art societies, and shows and galleries where miniature art may be viewed.

Thank you, Kaia, for a wonderful program!!

Kaia works in all sizes—large and small; indoors and en plein air!

Kaia works in all sizes—large and small; indoors and en plein air!

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