View Full Version : Micro Rendition of Alfred Sisley's painting Road to Louveciennes

04-10-2007, 09:20 AM
This micro mini is 1.25x1.5" (1.75x2" framed). I fell in love with this Impressionist painting by Alfred Sisley (1839-1899) and just had to make it my next "Micro Master" copy.

This is how I send them out. :) (Quarter is for size reference only.)

Here's a larger version of the painting:

Just to give you an idea of how small it really is, this is about actual size, depending on your monitor and resolution:

I spent a LOT of time with a magnifying glass. LOL

Thanks so much for looking.


04-10-2007, 09:26 AM
Very good. There is no way I could paint that small. I usually paint large. I have trouble with greeting cards. Your picture is wonderful. Jan

04-10-2007, 09:47 AM
I love these miniatures you've been sharing. It's great that you include the quarter, it helps grasp the teeny nature of these works.
I enjoy the work of Sisley, also.

04-10-2007, 12:30 PM
ok it's official,you are totally bonkers!
but really good
fantastic job jamie

04-10-2007, 02:42 PM
Absolutely incredible. I mean - it's a wonderful painting...but then to be so SMALL...golly. No words. Are Americans allowed to be gobsmacked? If so, I am :D

Marge Wms
04-10-2007, 04:01 PM
Wonderful painting... smaller than Jon thought it was though! He thought that was a quarter and it's really a nickle..

04-10-2007, 04:12 PM
Amazing, shakes head, walks away in shame, head hanging down.

04-10-2007, 05:29 PM
Thanks, Jan. I love working both big and small! One good thing about small is that there are no storage issues. ;)

Jon, one thing that surprised me in researching Sisley was how few sources I could find for this painting----only one in fact! It's my favorite Sisley that I've seen so far. I have it in a book I purchased on Ebay. Before I started painting, I went looking around online and in books for other references for the same work, and couldn't find it anywhere else. He did many paintings of this road, but the one in snow seems to be the one that's shown everywhere.

Rob, just tell me it's the "good" kind of bonkers, okay? ;) Thanks so much for looking in.

Diahn, thanks so much!

Vanish, actually, it is a quarter!

Now, now, Howard, none of that! All it takes is a super duper magnifying glass. I got a great magnification lamp at Staples very inexpensively that has been my lifesaver!


Lady Carol
04-10-2007, 05:43 PM
Didn't your mother every tell you, you will go blind painting that small? :D :lol:

I really, really really....really like this one.

04-10-2007, 05:46 PM
Didn't your mother every tell you, you will go blind painting that small? :D :lol:

I really, really really....really like this one.

WHEW! I thought it was because I was getting OLD! :D Thanks so much, Carol.


04-11-2007, 03:08 AM
This is just great! I like it a lot. Where do you buy these tiny canvases and how many hairs does your brush have - one? http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/1004.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxmk762YYUS)

http://www.smileycentral.com/sig.jsp?pc=ZSzeb098&pp=ZNxmk762YYUS (http://smiley.smileycentral.com/download/index.jhtml?partner=ZSzeb098_ZNxmk762YYUS&utm_id=7926)

chammi kaiser
04-11-2007, 04:23 AM
Goodness me - another excellent copy. Methinks you should offer your services to museums and reproduce masterpieces for antique doll houses. Of course they would have to be a tad smaller but then I am sure that would be no problem for you!!!!!

04-11-2007, 09:37 AM
Wassie, thanks so much. These are painted on 100% rag plate bristol board (paper). I use the Strathmore 500 series, at least 3 ply. Even though it's expensive stuff, at this size it costs very little and a full sheet lasts me a looooong time. Canvas doesn't work at this size. The weave looks like mountains and craters. You really need the smoothest surface possible when painting miniatures. I really don't like painting acrylics on canvas in any case. For me, paper is a far superior working surface for water media. The brushes are just standard store-bought brushes. I think my smallest is a 20/0. I use synthetic taklon most.

Chammi, thanks! This is dollhouse scale. It's a relatively small painting for a 1" standard dollhouse, so would probably serve for the 1/2" scale as well. The frame is from a dollhouse supplier.


04-11-2007, 09:58 AM
I ditto Diahn's comments "gobsmacked" for sure! How does your neck survive? I was painting some ACEOs, which are huge compared to this & my neck ached after a couple hour session. I guess the magnifying glass really helps.

Just curious, do you sell these online? I'm sure dollhouse enthusiasts love them!

Also, you mentioned preferring paper to canvas for water media - I love the drag of rougher canvas - do you prefer to paint thinner layers and that's why you like paper? Always looking for ideas. I've actually got a large piece of mdf I'm getting ready to prep - but last time I painted on this surface I wasn't pleased, but gonna try it again.

04-11-2007, 10:28 AM
Wonderful painting... smaller than Jon thought it was though! He thought that was a quarter and it's really a nickle..

maybe i'm missing something here, but i'm reading "Quarter Dollar" on the coin. :confused:

04-11-2007, 10:49 AM
Jamie, I can see why this is your favorite Sisley painting with its sun drenched atmosphere and shadowed road. You did a fabulous job. :thumbsup:

04-11-2007, 10:54 AM
Excellent piece Jamie well worth the effort.
best wishes, Ken..

04-11-2007, 12:26 PM
This is just incredibly awesome. How in the world......

04-11-2007, 01:20 PM
Where do you buy these tiny canvases and how many hairs does your brush have - one? http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/1004.gif (http://www.smileycentral.com/?partner=ZSzeb001_ZNxmk762YYUS)

i was going to ask the same thing and about the frame too. it never dawned on me that it was painted on paper.:rolleyes: duh!! and i would have never thought of buying tiny frames at a doll house supplier. great job!! this is fascinating!! can't wait to see some more!! :clap: :clap:

04-12-2007, 08:07 AM
Celeste, thanks so much. Yes, I sell them directly off my blog (http://hudsonvalleypainter.com). I'm thinking though that I should perhaps make an additional category for them, so that folks looking for these micro minis can see them altogether. Hmmm....Maybe I'll do that today. I have two dozen more frames on the way. LOL

About the neck pain: Everything in my studio is height adjustable and on wheels. When I paint the minis, I use a small piece of two sided, removable tape on a 5x5" piece of melamine board. I press my tiny piece of paper for the painting onto the board and hold it in my hand or lean it up against something on my work surface. That way I'm not locked into a single position for long periods of time. Next time I do one, I'll try to remember to stop and take some setup pics and wips along the way. You can also check out the Miniature Madness Classroom (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=239820) that I did in this forum a couple of years ago. I am still working basically the same way, but a lot smaller and more detailed than I was for those demos.

As for the Canvas vs. Paper, I'm not really sure why I feel that way! I hated working in acrylics from the time I was a little girl. I always used them on canvas. It wasn't until several years ago that I tried them on paper and fell in love! I guess I just don't like canvas texture for water media, though even for oil painting, I prefer to prepare my own boards and not have the canvas weave, especially for smaller works.

Mona, yes, "quarter dollar" is what it is. :)

Ann, I'm so glad you share my love of this Sisley painting. I don't know why it's not one of his paintings that's shown most frequently in books and websites! It sure is my favorite of his so far.

Ken and Speed, thanks so much for stopping in and commenting.