Amy started art lessons with me a couple weeks ago. A few days ago I had Amy do this classic chair drawing, while focusing on seeing angles and negative shapes accurately. She is very observant. I love how this everyday object became a beautiful drawing.
I use to dread the bare trees in wintertime. They symbolized dreariness and gloom. However, at some point in the last year I suppose a huge shift occured in what I find beautiful. I am now drawn to noticing how the tops of the trees melt into the skyline. Every tree has a look all its own, which can only be noticed and appreciated once the leaves fall. What once was a drab image has now become a major source of creative motivation.
Yesterday Danae and I were drawing in the studio together; what began as a large sketch of a old photo of Danae turned into a pastel drawing today. It was fun experimenting with a different medium (a very messy medium!).
I live in Southern Ontario on a farm with my husband, Dennis, and our two daughters. Painting out of my studio on our farm allows me to stay close to my family and to be surrounded by the natural landscape that continues to influence my work.