Making Art a Family Event, Part 1

A friend of mine told me that she had bought a few canvas’ (6’X30′) from our local Kensington Art Supply store. She was looking to have her son (5 yrs.) paint the canvas’ so that she had a personal, yet professional looking work of art to hang in the house.

There is nothing like a beautiful summer evening in the backyard to encourage a little art making. We started off with gathering; paint brushes, a small mop, sponges, palette knife, scrapers, cotton balls, then a variety of plastic containers to hold the paint. Also, water pails for rinsing and empty containers for mixing paint.By now we had everything we needed, except the artist. Understandably, a 5 year old is a very busy person, between the; TV, the sprinkler, food and the backyard fire pit, the array of paint and brushes were used on and off through out the painting session.Those little toes to the right would have made some nice paint strokes on the canvas, but it didn’t happen. The spatula was a great starter tool, then the familiar paint brush.Here is some enthusiasm! the mixed colour being used in the above photo is; blue, purple and red as directed by the young artist.As I recall this is where the first artist had signed off, to be continued by mom.
By this time the day was turning into evening and someone needed a bath and snack. Mom’s yellow line and strong blue dots grounded the abstract, literally 🙂 and artistically. After motherly tasks were done inside the house, final touches were made to the art outside.The enhanced details; yellow squiggly and forget-me-not flowers (cotton balls and paint) by mom finished the two master pieces.

Please stay in touch for the future placement of these two canvas’ and to see what I was up to while mom and son were painting.

This may become a four part series.

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About artist and illustrator

I'm a textile artist, resourceful and excited about making things. Dog walks with my pooch "Charlie" is inspiring and an opportunity to develop ideas from nature and people whom we meet on our strolls. There is a story behind my art making, it's in the series, I don't make just one but many from the same idea, but! not one will look like the other, each piece of art is "one-of-a-kind".
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