The Little Things

Ages ago, I wrote about something I was trying out–painting tiny miniatures.  It was something new for me, but DANG I had so much fun with it!

tiny portraits-2

I mentioned in that post that I was inspired to try the tiny things after seeing the tiny cameos of Mab Graves.  Since then, I’ve chatted with her online (have I mentioned how much I love Instagram as a resource for artists???)  and we’ve sort of shared a little artwork back and forth.

If you follow her Instagram page, you’ve probably become familiar with her nephew, Ransom, and all the silly fun things they do together.  That’s when I decided to paint a tiny Ransom on a rectangular porcelain tile, 1″ x 1.5″…Well, she got the package this week, and sent me some lovely photos of it (because her light box skills are strong)…


tiny mab

Since I was having so much fun, I painted a few other little things.  Just because I wanted to…and because she let me.  🙂

So we were chatting once about how since my husband’s often deployed, I don’t really have many good photos of Myla and me painting together…

And when I sent a photo of another little piece I did for her, she sent me THIS:


YOU GUYS.  It’s a tiny painted cameo of Myla and me!!  With Donkey!!  And dinosaurs and bats, because that’s how Myla rolls. Maybe I can express my excitement with a few extra exclamation points:!!!   I was floored and grateful.  It’s so tiny and lovely!  It’s supposed to come in a day or two, and I  can’t wait to see it.

I’ve really been so lucky with the people I’ve met online (knockonwood).  And the artists I’ve met on Instagram–save for a random few whose ego have overtaken their personalities (and that’s okay; that’s their choice)–have been the most generous people, in sharing their ideas, resources, tips, techniques, and thoughts.   The wonderful artists I’ve met are too many to name (Lori Nelson, Sean Regalado, Annie Frenzel, Tony DiTerlizzi, Aaron McMillan, Matt Gordon, Tyler Thrasher, Kendyl Lauzon, Zach Landrum, Aletta Walker, and of course, Mab Graves, just scratch the surface of the list of artists and online friends who have helped and inspired me in some small way).  And all it really takes is a little kindness.  A little consideration.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that mean the most.  A friend once told me that the most precious thing you could give someone is your time.  To me, the fact that someone would take a little of their own time to spread a little kindness is one of the best kinds of things.

So if you get a chance, see if you can share a little kindness today!  Nothing big.  You can open a door.  Pick up a dropped thing up for someone.  Tell someone you like their shirt (but only if you really mean it).  Let someone in front of you in line.

Because there’s nothing at all wrong with sharing the little things.

(PS:  If anyone’s interested, I’ve put up a few offers in my etsy shop for tiny CUSTOM pendant portraits.  So if you’d like a tiny kid or pet of your own, very similar to Mab’s, check me out over there on etsy and say hello!

12 responses

  1. These are amazing! I’m definitely sharing your etsy shop with some friends today!

  2. I’ve enjoyed both of your artworks for years! It was fun to see you guys doing this exchange- very sweet! And beautiful job with your portrait!

  3. The miniatures – those by you and your friend – are incredible. Wow! I am in awe of your ability to paint in that much detail on such a minute scale. Wow! And I completely agree with you about the importance of kind gestures and sharing joy with people. I try to do at least one random act of kindness per day, often anonymously, and I find it grows my own happiness as well as hopefully making other people’s days that wee bit brighter.

  4. 💚❤️💙💛💜 Oh and I also love Tony Diterlizzis work 🙂


    “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle, or you can live as if everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein


  5. Eeeeeek! Ohmygoodness! I would literally dance around my house if I got something like that! How delightful! And three cheers for lovely internet friends. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some good ones too.

  6. Gorgeous miniatures and a wonderful message at the end of this post.

  7. I would love to have one of these little paintings. Your friend is right, giving your time to someone id the best gift ever because our time is limited here on earth. I see people waisting their time with folks that mean them no good and see people waisting their own time not progressing in life. When I give my time to people, like I am taking the time to write this comment, it means that I care about you and your work means something too me. Keep up the great work honey!!

  8. I LOVE THIS! I love the miniatures and I love your good heart. Thank you for sharing this beautiful images with us.

  9. So cute! Love them

  10. So cute! Love them

  11. i like your article, very inspiring, and thank you for your post

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