In continuing with the theme of "A World in a Grain of Sand", it's time to take a close look at his series of very small paintings, which he calls "oddments". These are especially tiny, typically 3" x 2.5, and most often are an extreme close-up of a single object, or even just part of an object. These paintings are an endearing reminder that seemingly mundane little things are worth our consideration. To my eyes, these paintings are not about technique- I believe that they direct us away from thoughts of art to thoughts of life itself. Beautiful bits of life, the little things whose beauty we often forget.
Here are some of my favorites, none of which have titles or dates, just numbers. Once I got started, it sure was hard to stop. I think #227 is my favorite. What do you think?
You can see more of Duane Keiser's work at his blog, his website and his Facebook page.
If I could paint, I would want to paint things. I love the thinginess of things. -Sylvia Plath