My studio is complete! I have been moving everything in for the last couple days, and painted in it last night for the first time. Dennis surprised me by finishing it much earlier than expected. I'm extremely thankful and excited to have this new space to call my own.
The girls are showing the different area's of the studio:
For Vacation Bible School at my Church this summer I was asked to paint a 5x5 ft round globe for the kids. It was built by the very talented Larry Wiebe. I enlisted the help of my two little girls (who were actually very helpful painting the first coat of gesso!), and my art student Rachel (to help paint the water). It was a fun project.
I was thinking during those days of painting about how some art lasts forever (i.e. Rembrandt or Monet), and some art is just temporary (sand castles, ice sculptures...). This globe is certainly temporary - unless someone finds it a home after next week. However, knowing that didn't discourage me from enjoying the process of painting it, or from wanting to put a little extra time into it.
My girls have always enjoyed their craft room. It has always been important to me (and to them) that various art supplies be made available to them (such as crayons, pencil crayons, glue, tape, scissors, paper etc.) at all times. As you can see from the above photo (and the photo below!) the consequence is more messiness...
If the mess stayed contained in the craft room, it wouldn't be such a big deal. However my girls tend to go on wild adventures, where they need to pack up their "house" so they can move to some remote island (or sometimes a hurricane is coming and they need to move off the farm and fly to the jungle). Of course this involves packing up miscellaneous bags full of odds and ends from the craft room. These packed bags end up everywhere! Or they will conduct their own art class in another room. And lately Ava has been leaving little stapled booklets lying all over - books she makes full of drawings, stories, plans, and school lessons for her little sister Danae.
But would I trade all this creative chaos for a tidier and more structured house? Not at all! Of course we crank up some music periodically and have a big clean-up party... but in between those moments, the girls know they can craft and create as they feel inspired to do so. I love knowing that they love to create all on their own without my prompting.
Some unaided artwork by my girls:
Blind Contour Drawing is a classic exercise in drawing that is helpful in improving eye-hand communication (and is also a non-threatening way to just start drawing!). A fun way to practice this is to pick one type of animal specie (or birds, for this example), and overlap 3 or 4 blind contour drawings (draw the outline of the bird without looking at the paper). Then, finish it off with paint and some ink design. Here is one I did a couple years ago:
Daniella started art lessons with me this morning. I thought that this would be the perfect exercise for her to do. This was her very first time painting! After overlapping 3 blind contour drawings, I had her outline one main bird - a creation out of the lines already drawn out. Then she began to fill it in with variations of red paint:
Here is what she finished with:
Dennis will be done painting the studio today!
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.