This is from a few days ago. Holly asked to paint with me outside so I dropped everything and we set up in the front yard. I love painting with the girls. She wanted to paint the fall leaves, and I took a stab at the flowers by the front steps. Of Holly’s two paintings below she really disliked one and loved the other. Any guesses? Then Holly’s good friend came over and painted too.
Meredith and I painted with our good friend Annika yesterday. We started out painting fruit. Annika and I did a pear and an apple, and Meredith did a banana and an orange. While I worked on my fruit, the girls finished and started on abstract designs. I had so much fun and I love how everything turned out. Annika’s younger brother Jonas started painted after we were through – the last four are his. Look how he painted two designs, each in two different color schemes. I enjoyed watching him work.
This is my 100th post! It’s been fun and motivational to record our art adventures this way. Thanks for the visits and comments.
For the next three months my paintings are on display at an amazing store in Glenview called Lyzart. If you’re in the area, definitely check it out. I was fascinated with all the artwork, handmade items and crafts. Jewelry, ceramics, woodworking – I took some beautiful things home with me :). Thanks to everyone at Lyzart for all your help today, and for partnering with the Glenview Art League!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Today the girls and I got ’round to a good old-fashioned ladies painting session. Meredith and I had many ideas of what to paint, and we agreed on one :).
Meredith used to ask for a lot of advice and help when we’d paint together, but she’s independent these days. She has one proud mama. Once again she rocked the background. I kept peeking to see what color she’d choose. I love it.
Holly refused to paint until bribed with chocolate. She quickly indicated the candle, replaced the pinecones with a portrait of her bearded Opa, and spent the rest of three chocolates worth of time signing her name.
Last night’s painting session felt messy, crazy and crowded. And I was crabby. But it ended well, or will, if I get the art room cleaned up. Merry pulled off a lovely self portrait. Holly painted three very different, very colorful abstracts. She says the first one is a “very, very big, very purple people”. And I painted artichokes.
Meredith and I are entering these into the DPW Self Portrait and Paint a Vegetable Challenges.
Meredith and I did another round of ten-minute sketches, this time with a pear. These are a lot of fun. Holly decided to strike artistic poses, rather than actually paint.
Whew! It’s the last day of Meredith’s spring break. Good times.
I painted these backlit pears yesterday. In college one of my painting instructors advised us not to use small canvases, because it can be hard to paint big if you get too comfortable painting small. I fear that’s happening to me, and I’d like to start using larger panels.
Meredith has no such fears. As a spring break project, she wanted to paint something big. She sketched out a fairy and mermaid in a dramatic, stormy scene. I painted some of the background and helped with the faces. Holly painted her own mermaid scene, and drew a sweet portrait of me and her together. Yesterday Meredith painted this landscape in the style of Chinese prints. She had done a similar project in school.