Impressionist artists like Monet and Renoir are famous for their exquisite outdoors paintings that captured the atmosphere of the outdoors at a specific moment in time. Contemporary painters carry on this splendid tradition while finding subtle ways to keep the practice new and exciting. Colorado-based artist Remington Robinson creates miniature landscape masterpieces in the United States and abroad and houses them inside Altoid boxes.
Robinson glues small, primed wooden panels to the lids of empty mint containers before traveling to a new painting site, then uses the canister as a palette for his range of oil paints. “I use a new container each time, and when I’m done, the paint stays with the container it was painted in, with the paint palette that was used to create it,” Robinson explains. “It’s then basically like a little art artifact. The leftover paint stays in the container and I just let it dry. I don’t consider this wasting the ‘unused’ paint that’s left in the container after the painting is done. , because it is also, in a way, part of the work of art.
Once he’s finished, Robinson photographs the finished piece in front of its original location so viewers can compare his realistic depiction with the real thing.
The artist took his Altoid series to a variety of different landscapes, such as farms, mountains, forests, beaches, and even in the city. Robinson says the small size of these coins made outdoors painting “very accessible” and “opened the door to the possibility of being a prolific artist”.
Amazingly, these handheld works of art look just as realistic and detailed as large-scale paintings. Robinson uses fine-tipped brushes to carefully render the light and shadow of his subjects. “Painting small requires detail, and it helps to have a background in photo-realistic painting,” he continues. “Then each miniature painting can be likened to a small section of a larger photorealism painting. One thing that perhaps makes painting in miniature different is that it is important to make the work legible to the eye. Don’t try to include too many distracting elements in the composition.
Colorado Artist Remington Robinson Paints Miniature Masterpieces in Oil outside.
He glues tiny wooden panels inside empty Altoid boxes and uses the canister as a palette for his oil paintings.
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