I was really quite touched by the miniature paintings by Lorraine Loots, capturing everyday life over the course of one year. 365 Postcards for Ants is the second phase of a project that Lorraine began on 1 January 2013. She created a miniature painting every day for the whole of 2013. The video I’ve shared below poignantly shares how the fixed end-date of the project would hold mixed feelings for Lorraine – that joyful anticipation of finishing a project alongside that melancholic anticlimax that comes with… finishing a project.
Something that struck me about these teeny-weeny paintings was the beauty of the small. I used to paint, quite a bit actually. Mostly large scale paintings. But somehow with the busyness of family life and juggling what felt like a million balls in a day, over the years I’ve shrank back from painting more and more. I guess the thought of tackling a giant blank canvas holds a feeling of trepidation for my 50 things to do before I pick up the kids brain. Can you relate?
So Lorraine’s diminutive paintings struck a chord within me. The authority of their littleness redefined my thought process. Things don’t need to be prominent to pack a punch. In this world of larger than life and bigger is best, Lorraine Loots creates strength from the small, amplified and magnified in a special and subtle way.
So in celebration of our city’s appointment as World Design Capital 2014, Lorraine decided to take on another year – yay – however, this time all the paintings are Cape Town themed. So I’ve chosen just 6 paintings which resonate with me from this month of September to share. But, quite frankly, the beauty is endless. I implore you to visit Lorraine’s tumblr site for more.
I think it’s time to brush off my painting kit.