We often perceive giant, impressive, time-consuming artwork as better, but American miniaturist Brooke Rothshank shrinks our standards to a minimum while remaining incredibly intricate and immaculate. The Indiana-based artist paints tiny one-of-a-kind paintings of everyday things that surround her. It has become a precious diary of intimate moments from Rothshank‘s life that over 78k followers on Instagram can love and appreciate.
Go through this mini gallery of Rothshank’s most beautiful paintings, and if you want to see more, check out some of her previous works shared on Bored Panda. For those who can’t believe how incredibly small these paintings are, Rothshank always has an object for scale.
Rothshank dove into small-scale worlds after attending a dollhouse miniature show 15 years ago and has continued exploring this art form ever since. She attended the International Guild of Miniature Artisans Guild School in Castine, Maine and is now a member, fellow, and a teacher.
While balancing her roles as an artist and a mother of two, she found the motivation and inspiration to continue her creative growth. In 2014, Rothshank completed the 365 paintings challenge and posted her daily mini paintings to stay productive, in touch with her artistic self, and less focused on the perfect outcome. She drew inspiration from mundane objects and situations, and these itty-bitty paintings would take between 45 minutes and 4 hours to complete. More complex compositions could even take days.
Rothshank has mastered a variety of media including watercolor, oil, acrylic, and egg tempera paint in detailed miniature compositions. The artist used to create on an extra-small 1/12 scale and later moved to daily paintings that would fit within a 1-inch border.