Making Art a Family Event, Part 2

While mom & son were busy painting their two canvas’ I was off to the side painting my own. I spotted a flower pot that looked interesting, and to make that into an abstract or impressionist style painting would be therapeutic. Having an abundance of paint and tools at my feet made this process quick and simple. Let’s get some colour on and play with the different painting tools.The nice thing about working with water-based acrylic paint is that it is washes off clothing and surfaces easily. The kid’s paint is so inexpensive that you never feel that you’re wasting it when you scoop it onto your canvas.When creating depth or highlights in a painting mix black or white with a colour, more white than colour and less black than colour. The colour vibrancy is exciting and playful where as the pinks and light green add the push/pull effect along with the dark greens.Texture, is an element of design too. Using a small inexpensive brush, I spread the bristles apart creating a flower or star shape. The flower stems are painted with a stick.Evening is settling in at this point of the painting and the dark seems too dark. I mixed a happy green for the center leaves. Added a high contrast in colour in the background for interest. I thought that I was done here. But…more purple flowers were needed and shadows. Texture was created through the colourful dots, dabbing of the paint with a cloth, and a spatula smear to add colour volume.

Stay in touch to see what happens next with this flower arrangement.


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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