Yesterday Danae and I were drawing in the studio together; what began as a large sketch of a old photo of Danae turned into a pastel drawing today. It was fun experimenting with a different medium (a very messy medium!).
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!
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:
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.