Art with 8 year olds: Abstract day!

This is a 16 x 20 abstract that Kaeleigh painted today during our art lesson.  Two weeks ago, I had Kaeleigh coat her canvas,with some good blops of gesso and then had her take the palette knife and make designs in the gesso while it was still wet.  That gave the canvas a really interesting textured base to do our abstract.  Today we mixed phthalo blue and raw umber for the base coat (thinned it with acrylic glazing medium).  Next, she decided red was her color and we mixed three different reds which she applied with a knife and smoothed in a few places with her fingers.  She took a sponge to some areas and threw in some brush strokes.  Next, we did the same with the greens we mixed and finished the knife work with a few shades of blue.  The best and most fun part were the paint splatters.  We took the painting outside and I showed Kaeleigh how to throw paint onto the canvas using the two paint brush method where you tap one brush against the other to get splatter and then the single paint brush sling method.  She missed the canvas and got my face with her first single brush sling.  Yellow.  She got herself every single time when she used purple with the double brush tap.  Anyway, I think Kaeleigh painted herself a great little abstract.  I helped her with a few strokes with the knife as I showed her how to use them, but this painting is 98% Kaeleigh.  Awesome!

Orange Poppies, Ochre Sky 14 x 18 Inch Oil Painting

I discovered cadmium orange a few weeks ago.  I hate to admit that I can’t mix an orange as pure as cad orange out of the tube.  It is such a happy color!  I like to keep my colors to a minimum (I usually have about 10 colors I work from), but lately I’m thinking cad orange and cerulean blue need to be part of my palette.

Challenge 14 Hollyhock Let’s Paint New Mexico

This is a 24 x 24 inch oil painting of Hollyhock inspired by Challenge 14, Hollyhock, Let’s Paint New Mexico.  The challenge can be found here.  https://letspaintnewmexico.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/challenge-14-hollyhocks/

Creeper Gonna Creep

I have been painting with Kaeleigh.  We paint for a few hours once a week.  Kaeleigh is 8 and has an active imagination which makes for a fun paint day.  Today, we painted the Creeper from Minecraft.  I think our paintings came out great.  She gave me an assignment for next week I have to look up.  Gas something or other.  Another Minecraft character.  She also mentioned Ender Man.  I have no idea if that is one word or not.  Good thing I got the Googler.

Hollyhock 12 x 16 Inch Oil Painting

This is a 12 x 16 inch oil painting inspired by my garden of Hollyhock. I have scarlet, lilac, pink, black, pale pink and various shades in between.  

Speaking of Hollyhock, I just joined a painting group called Let’s Paint New Mexico (Thank you John French). I was excited to see that Hollyhock are on the menu.  They grow like weeds around here.

Sunflowers Soon 24 x 24 Inch Oil Painting

It’s that time again where I anxiously wait for sunflowers to bloom.  It will be different this year.  I had way too many sunflowers for the space and was ready for a little change.  Instead of an abundance of sunflowers, I have lots and lots of holly hock with sporadic sunflowers around the yard.  I’m not sure I will like not having as many this year (I think I won’t), but I don’t think I will mind not having to tear them down at the end of the season.  I have a plan for next year and will get my sunflowers back then.