It's exciting as a parent to watch your child excel in a special talent... my youngest daughter (8 yrs old) recently spent time with me in my studio. While I was working on my own art project, she worked on her own. She drew out a self portrait (she was looking at a photo), and did so completely unassisted. I couldn't believe how well she did! She had the right proportions and everything.
When it came time to painting, I suggested some paint-mixing tips (i.e. skin colour - mix in a bit of blue with the red and yellow, into white.... for the hair - raw umber and yellow with some of the skin colour...). I was very proud of her results. :)
The last few lessons with Amy were spent working on this beautiful self-portrait. If you know Amy, you can easily see the resemblance. She has such a natural instinct for drawing accurate shapes, lines etc. I'm excited to see what she will create in the next year ahead.
I'm excited to tell you about the upcoming group show I'm a part of. It's called "Visions of Faith", and will be taking place on Saturday, July 13th from 6-10pm. It will be held at the Port Rowan MB Church on the 1st Concession in Messiah's Corners (just 5 minutes out of Port Rowan).
The other artists showing their work include my dad, Al Klassen, Ian Kutz, and world-wide award winning wildfowl carver Cam Merkle. Cam is flying here from Saskatchewan just for this event, and we are so fortunate to have someone with his talent showing at Visions of Faith. Cam will be giving a presentation at 7pm. There will also be refreshments and some finger foods. Admission is free.
The painting shown above is one of four new 'woodland' paintings I have been working on for this show. Come drop in on July 13th to see the rest of my woodland paintings, and to enjoy the rest of the artists work!
Amy started art lessons with me a couple weeks ago. A few days ago I had Amy do this classic chair drawing, while focusing on seeing angles and negative shapes accurately. She is very observant. I love how this everyday object became a beautiful drawing.
In the last few months I have come across random people who have told me how they paint a little bit, or sometimes draw, or that they would love to be able to paint or draw better... And of course there are always people who say they can't even draw a stick person. For those of you who can relate to this thinking (including those of you who cannot draw a stick person, and have always secretly wished you could...) I want to encourage you!
As you know we must exercise our bodies if we want to become strong. The same goes for the drawing skill... exercising our brain and training our eyes to see things differently can make a huge difference when it comes to putting pencil to paper. I feel like I've personally developed this skill just in the last few months, due to practicing and pushing myself.
It may be that the ability to draw well might come naturally to some people - however, I'm beginning to really believe that anyone, anyone, (with determination and desire) could learn to draw. I've stumbled across some excellent material on the left vs. right side of the brain, which includes great exercises to train yourself to see differently. I'm excited about applying this information in my art lessons. I've already seen results in my students who have received this teaching. It's exciting to see!
So you might be wondering... "So what if I can draw a tree!?" Well, there is such a satisfaction found in 'losing oneself' in drawing. A brain shift occurs when someone gets into that creative mindset, and it's such a good thing (ha - I wonder if Martha Stewart will ever include drawing on her list of Good Things).
I challenge you to grab some paper and a pencil (doesn't need to be a fancy pencil or special paper), and simply start drawing some object around you. Better yet, bundle up and sit outside with a mug of tea. Force yourself to see the lines and shapes of a tree or an old shed differently, and just put some lines down on the paper. Give yourself 30-60 minutes of uninterrupted time (if possible!), and I'm certain you won't regret that hour spent. Let me know how it goes!
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.