Art day today with Miss Kaeleigh. We had a great day sharing ghost stories and painting foxes. It got a little difficult mixing paint at times with the lights dimmed, but ghost stories need the right mood so we just went with it. She decided she wanted her fox to have muscles in his arm and toned abs. She thought the tail looked like a flexing arm and made some adjustments. I just went with the standard red fox with a fluffy tail. Kaeleigh’s fox has a few tattoos. He is the hip, muscle fox.
More experimenting with salt, but this time I used crackle paste as well. I like it. I have not decided if I am going to paint an actual picture on this yet.
Today was art day with Kaeleigh. We were going to spray paint her Eiffel Tower wooden model, but the wind and weather wasn’t cooperating. We had to improvise. Today was paint whatever you want day. I painted a panda, which I will spare you the pics. Kaeleigh had been practicing drawing dragons and wanted to paint a dragon. Soon into the session, things went sour. I must say however, her background of bright red was smooth, even and the entire canvas was covered. If you have ever painted with kids, you know this is a big deal. It is hard to cover the white! Long story short, the dragon didn’t work out which gave Kaeleigh and I the opportunity to discuss failure. Failure is perfectly okay. Some of the best learning comes from failure. We learn through repetition, mistakes, practice practice practice. I had to use a Taylor Swift analogy but I hope the point got through. She vaguely knew who Michael Jordan was so it was just better to use an example of a person she actually knew about. Taylor Swift did not get to where she is by not practicing and not failing.
Kaeleigh wanted to throw her painting away. I told her that was fine…AFTER SHE FINISHED it. Poor kid. She was not happy with me. I told her she didn’t have to like it, but she had to finish it and wait a few days before making a decision to keep or toss out. That little girl, on the verge of tears kept on painting and by the time our session was over, Kaeleigh had completed a unicorn abstraction. That gave us another opportunity to learn. Kaeleigh now knows the difference between abstract and abstraction. I think this little unicorn is pretty darn cute and I was so proud of her for finishing.
I read this essay to Kaeleigh today: Advice for Kids Frustrated with their Art.
This was an experiment I worked on today. I have been practicing salt paintings with diluted poster paint on canvas boards and thought today I would try using acrylics. That was tricky, but I really like the end result. Unlike poster paint, acrylic paint holds the salt so this painting has some good actual texture as opposed to illusion.
I bought myself a few different gel mediums for acrylic paint. Yesterday, I experimented with the course pumice gel medium by Golden. That is some pretty cool stuff.
Today, Kaeleigh wanted to paint Simba for her show and tell/talent show tomorrow. She will be playing the drums and showing her Simba painting. She painted Simba for her friend, Elise. I found a really nice tutorial here: http://www.easydrawingtutorials.com/index.php/disney/88-draw-simba. First, we used watercolor pencil to draw Simba on our respective canvas following the instructions in the tutorial. Kaeleigh was a little worried because of all the extra marks, but she was excited to see that those extra sketch marks could be removed with water. I think she liked her new little trick. Then, we painted him with acrylic paints, finishing up with a thin glaze of yellow over the entire painting. She did a really nice job. Her friend is gonna love it!
What started out as an acrylic rough sketch ended up staying that way. I liked it and decided to go no further. At times, I will sketch my painting in acrylic before going to oils. Today, I left it.