Great idea! I voted yes. I tend to work small and I have done several actual miniatures with the help of a book on the techniques. It would be grrrreat to have a miniature forum. I do get sooooo tired of other artist friends saying "But you paint soooooo small! Why don't you "loosen up" and paint larger!" This when viewing a 9"x12" painting of mine. One artist friend called it "tiny" !!! For some reason "BIG" = quality and "small" = not as good.
For those who voted "no", perhaps for the reason that each individual medium forum should serve the purpose (oils, watercolours, etc.), it should be noted that miniature painting is NOT merely a normal painting done a lot smaller. Miniature painting comes with its own set of problems and techniques. If England (Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers, estab. 1905), among others, has found it useful to have societies and guilds devoted to miniaturism, I should think WC could easily find a miniature forum useful, were there enough interest.
Britain has set the standards for defining the parameters of a miniature painting, that being a maximum 6"x4" frame and picture size, and for portraits, 2" maximum for the size of the head. I believe most American Miniaturist societies have adopted these parameters.
Attention to detail is very important in the judging, consequently tiny brushes are used, some with only ONE hair (I save my cats' whiskers, when shedded, just for this purpose).
A miniaturist doesn't use raised brushstrokes, as that would detract from the painting. Smooth surfaces are preferred so nothing detracts from the detail. For this reason, painter's canvas shouldn't be used because the weave is entirely too large for a miniature. A miniature needs to be very tightly rendered. When using watercolor as a medium, wet-into-wet would not work because the technique's hallmark fluidity and looseness does not lend itself to depicting fine detail. The same goes for the use of a palette knife in oils or acrylics. Supports used are ivory, ivorine (a synthetic ivory), vellum (which lends itself to many glazes which bring up luminosity), hot-pressed watercolor paper, parchment, wood and even roughed-up (sanded) plexiglass (careful here, it's archival qualities are questionable at best).
So you can see, that even though many media are acceptable in the painting of a miniature (watercolour, oils, acrylics, casein, gouache, etc.), the special problems a miniaturist might encounter have little in common with those of "normal size" painting disciplines.
I see there are almost as many "no" votes as "yes" votes. I'd appreciate those who vote "no" to post their reasons so they may be addressed. Thanks so much.
Okay, I'll get off the ole soapbox now.