Today was "bring-your-kid-to-work day." Amy came over to spend a couple of hours of fun with me in the studio. The truth is I didn't know what to expect (was she going to just watch me paint the whole time?). . . so I was thrilled when she brought her own little canvas and was prepared to paint alongside me.
Except for a few moments where I showed Amy some technique tips and how to mix some different colours, she did her own thing. This came very naturally to her. I love this little painting she did!
Late this afternoon, after I was done raking up some leaves, I asked the girls if they wanted to watch the sunset with me. They said yes. And the neat thing is that Ava got all excited and said "we could draw a nice picture of the sky!", so she ran into the studio to grab some paper and a pencil.
I love sitting on our old wagon behind the barn with my girls. It's a natural way to show them how incredible colour is - and even more incredible, how amazingly beautiful God's creation is.
More than ever I am struck by the beauty of colour. I especially notice colour in everyday normalcy - typical agricultural scenes that we pass by constantly on the road and too often fail to notice. I consider it such a blessing and a gift to be able to simply appreciate colour. I hope this is something I can pass on to my daughters.
By the way - while I was having a sentimental moment watching my daughter 'draw the sunset', it turns out she was actually drawing up detailed plans for a mega leaf pile castle. :)
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.