Taking the quad out into the woods with my family is probably one of my favourite things to do outside. This past Sunday I took my camera out with me so I could capture some ideas for paintings. I'm excited about the current group of paintings I'm working on; they all feature the woods.
For the past several lessons, Amy has been working on this painting. The photo was taken by her Uncle Bert Reimer, who is a great photographer. Amy seemed to enjoy playing around with the different colours. I love how she captured the effect of the glowing lightening bolt in the centre.
In the last few lessons with Mackenzie, she worked on a drawing of a Manga cartoon character. This was an exercise in drawing accuracy; she did great!
Next I helped Mackenzie with her own linocut printing. She designed the image, which she drew onto the linoleum, and then I helped her by carving it out for her with a chisel. She used her current favourite "doodles"; a flower, a heart, the 'rooting for Rachel' symbol, and a cross. We had fun using different colour inks to make the prints.
My girls have finally completed their paintings that they began back in March. I would have liked to see them work on more detail, of course, but had to remind myself that they are just 5 and 7 :) therefore I let them decide when to call it quits. Aside from helping with mixing some of the colours, I just sat back and let them do their thing.
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.