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Miniature Art - The Secret Of Small

miniature drawing of a torti  cat on a pillowThe secret about miniature art is the intense sense of intimacy that is experienced when you hold a piece in your hand. When a piece of art is so small that it can rest in the palm of your hand, you are gently invited to bring it closer to your eyes.

You bow your head and bring your hand nearer to your face. This is a very intimate pose. At this moment, you have let the piece of art enter into a vulnerable personal area. You would never hold anything dangerous this close to your face. This is the way you would hold a butterfly or a small kitten; very gently and close. Holding a piece of art in this way relaxes you and actually creates a bond between you and the art.

Larger art allows you to walk by and either engage with it or not. Small art attracts your attention like a flower or a pretty stone on the ground though, in a quiet and personal way. The piece asks you to come closer to it.

Miniature art is a gift, a treasure, a secret and special friend. It's not loud or demanding. It doesn't shout its presence to the world. Instead, it waits quietly for you to pick it up and admire it. Keep your tiny art close to you so that you can hold it and let it enter your heart regularly. No other kind of art has the ability to touch you in quite the same way.

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