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:
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.