Because I'm starting a couple new paintings this week, I thought it would be fun for my girls to have projects to work on beside me. To make it even more exciting for them, I gave them some old canvas's to work on. Danae picked out a picture of panda bears, and Ava found a picture of a toad and a chick. I warned the girls that I wouldn't just let them quick draw something out. I told them I would treat them as "art students", and give them actual instruction. I helped Danae "cheat" a bit by lightly penciling in a few of the angles of the panda bear arms for her, but Ava was on her own. I was actually quite impressed with how perceptive Ava was with noticing details, angles of lines, shapes etc. I made Ava go back and erase often, challenging her to see accurately - because I knew that she could. Quite often we revert to drawing what we think we see, not what our eyes actually see.
I will post the completed paintings when they are finished.
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.