Last night the Hiebert girls did a 50 minute study of a simple chair; I love how an ordinary everyday object can become a beautiful drawing with a bit of care and detail.
A chair can be a difficult object to draw because of all the different angles etc. I had the girls focus on the negative shapes and measurements to help them with accuracy. This is how their drawings turned out:
A while ago, the Hiebert girls (Pat, Lauren, and Rachel) began painting their self-portrait. I had them use only black and white paint (water-based oil colour) for two reasons - for the lesson of seeing just in values, and also to reduce the colour-mixing time. Painting a self-portrait is a challenge enough without trying to mix proper colours. So, I thought this would be a good introduction to portraiture for them. We all learned a lot through this process.
Pat and Lauren finished off their paintings with a thin glaze of burnt sienna, and Rachel decided to leave her self-portrait unglazed. I'm excited about how well each painting turned out. I love seeing their own unique personality in each painting:
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.