\'Just a Girl\' by Kat Johnston

This girl came to me whilst randomly sketching today… watching a friend of mine work on some landscaping, listening to miss Oprah herself needing to be slowly stepped through how to tie a scarf…

This particular image is just a tiny one – about an inch square, drawn in the bottom right hand corner of a page also showcasing several young ladies, an antique frame, some random swirls and a few little piglets with aerial aspirations…

I find it funny, or perhaps just more interesting that she still ‘works’ for me, even blown up so big compared to the original size of the sketch. As you can tell, also, she isn’t all there… Lord help me, but I just couldn’t bear to add another stroke of my pen – she’s just perfect as she is, in her own little way.

I must admit, I am curious as to whether something working up large when it started out small is a sign of something good. I know, for example, that there are some ‘small’ things that, if shown up large, just wouldn’t, or couldn’t work. When small, they work, when large, they lose something – not just a little something, either. The same goes in reverse – a Pollock just doesn’t have the same effect as a 600×400 image in an internet browser as it does in its huge and incredible form in a national gallery. Does this make it any less of a work because it loses some of its power at a different size? Or does that actually make it all the better, because in the original form… it is much more powerful? That much more special, because it is the way it is, and would lose what it has if presented in any other way?