Paintings for Ants

miniature paintings

I love these works by the South African artist Lorraine Loots. She started out back in 2013 doing a painting a day for a whole year which became the 365 Paintings for Ants project. Her miniature a day challenge was a success and she has continued the practice each year since. In 2014 she produced the 365 Postcards for Ants series where she explored her home city of Cape Town each day. Lovers of her work can bid on the original miniature painting or a very limited edition print of each piece is also sold.

In 2015 the artist is doing 100 miniatures with 10 prints of each work to be produced. She’s working on themed days like Microcosm Mondays, Tiny Tuesdays, Fursdays and Free Fridays. Potluck 100 is the name of the newest project. I couldn’t find an unsold work anywhere on her page so I’m guessing there’s a whole lot of people out there liking her work just as much as me.

potluck 100 miniatures

Lorraine Loots – Giraffe | Giraffa camelopardalis giraffa. 15 x 23 mm (2015)

clockwork orange bookLorraine Loots – “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess. 18 x 26 mm (2015)

bill murray portrait paintingLorraine Loots – Bill Murray as Steve Zissou in Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic”. 29 x 20 mm (2015)

Miniature baboon paintingLorraine Loots – Chacma Baboon | Papio Ursinus | Cape Baboons. From the Old World monkey family (and one of the largest of all monkeys). 26 x 24 mm (2014)

dobby from harry potterLorraine Loots – “Dobby is free.” – JK Rowling. 25 x 25 mm (2013)

See more of her wonderful little miniatures at her website here, her Facebook page here, or at her Tumblr page here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Great works! I love miniature art! The last one’s my favorite. Outstanding job! *HUGS*
    Angela Taylor

  2. I Love the title of this series and these artworks are truly unique in terms of scale and detail. I love miniature works but I don’t have the patience or the steady hand. A fantastic motivation for daily painting too.

  3. Wow, what detailed work in such a small space. Very nice.

  4. Is very interesting

  5. It is so small everything, definitely the precision of this artist is absolutely wonderful.

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