Benefits of Painting on Small Canvases with Linda Glover Gooch

Painting Small – Reasons you Should

Okay, let's be honest here. There are many reasons to paint small, but I'm sharing my opinions why you should consider painting small. Over the years I've found students wanting to take on big canvases and found themselves "sometimes" in over their heads. 

First off, and highly important is the benefits of painting small pay off just by the sheer fact that you accomplish a finished piece in a shorter amount of time. I've found this to be a great encouragement to students and myself included. 

I've shared a video below demonstrating how a small painting can be bold and commanding. Watch the video below and follow up reading the other benefits of painting small. Enjoy! 

The benefits of painting small have garnered popularity among artists for various reasons. It offers numerous benefits that extend beyond the artistic process. Here are some key advantages of working on smaller canvases:

Cost-Effectiveness
Painting on a smaller scale can be more economical. Smaller canvases and panels typically cost less than larger ones. Additionally, smaller works use fewer materials such as paint and brushes, reducing overall expenses. This cost-effectiveness can be especially beneficial for emerging artists or those experimenting with new mediums and styles.
Space-Saving
For artists with limited studio space or those who work from home, small paintings are a practical choice. They require less storage space and can be easily displayed. 
Experiment
Painting small is a great way to test out new supplies. You can also try out new techniques, such as painting with a limited palette or toning your mini canvas with yellow ochre first instead of painting onto a white canvas. I have found the bigger students paint the more intimidated they are.
Practice
One very important benefit of painting small is the daily practice. The more you paint, the more you practice, and the more you practice, the better you get.
Plein Air
It’s easier to travel with smaller panels, and this works great for plein air. I can't stress this enough about doing LOTS of small studies plein air. A big benefit of painting small to the beginning plein air student might help them from getting overwhelmed. 
Market Appeal
Small paintings are typically more affordable for buyers and fit more easily into various living spaces. Shipping smaller paintings is less costly and easier to ship, a big plus!

My Favorite Supplies and Tools

Here is a list of my favorite supplies and where you can find them. These are affiliate links, which mean I will receive a small commission. Thank YOU for your support!

Ampersand Cradled Gessobord. GET them here!

Krylon Spray Workable Matte Fixatif. Find it here!


There are several types of Vine Charcoal. I prefer the soft to draw with. I use this brand:
Grumbacher Soft Vine Charcoal. Find it here!

Air or Atmosphere mixture

Some Great Creative Resources for You!

Part of the creative journey is not just in mixing the paint, but how you mix and how you apply the paint. Here is a great lesson for you on broken color - how and why you should use broken color when painting. 


Linda Glover Gooch
Linda Glover Gooch

I hope you enjoyed this post. Besides being a Professional Painter, my Creative Journey has taken on a life of teaching, inspiring and helping others find their voice, grow and become skillful with their craft. Watching others gain the knowledge through practice and detailed instruction is a great reward. For the Collectors: My goal is to capture their vision, their imagination and take them to a place, a moment in time that touches their heart and soul.

    2 replies to "Benefits Of Painting Small"

    • Mona Pendleton

      HI Linda! Really enjoy your lessons! So helpful!
      Thanks, Mona

      • Linda Glover Gooch

        Hi Mona,
        Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate and so glad to hear that you found the lesson valuable!! Much thanks my friend… Happy Painting!

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