Monday, October 1, 2012

Plein air artistes

It thrills me to see Luke and Eleanor standing side-by-side at an easel engrossed in spreading colors on canvas.

Not only are they churning out almost-free masterworks that I can hang on the wall, but there’s something so idyllic about seeing them working harmoniously, expressing their unique creative visions. Eleanor leaves plenty of white space to balance her colors, and has to be coaxed a bit to fill the other half of a canvas. I can quickly pick out Luke’s work on the preschool wall due to his commitment to covering every inch of the page with paint. You sometimes have to take a picture away before his zeal leaves a hole in the paper.

Our easel has especially helped Ella blossom as an artist since it was harder for her to perch above a paper on the table to properly paint.  We’ve hung many of their masterpieces, both in tempera paint and liquid watercolor. I love the texture and depth of the tempera (above), and the bright blotches of the watercolors (as seen in the Luke original below).

Luke has just started to draw his first non-abstract pictures, with underwater scenes being a favorite subject. Here’s his first realist work – a tiny gray boat with a huge colorful anchor that is visited by various sea creatures.


It’s so exciting to see what he draws and how he portrays it. I hope they grow to love art as a form of imaginative exploration more and more. Here’s the artist adding a little more to his underwater piece.

We still do plenty of team-produced pictures, such as crayon resists with a requested scene drawn in white crayon by mom, or paper plate animals that I cut out and they tape and decorate.

Eleanor’s passion for art goes beyond paper and canvas applications. No painting session passes without at least a little self-adornment for this little carnival chick. So precious and so much contentious clean-up at the same time!

Despite the perils that are obviously posed by running in to grab the camera, we have oodles of adorable artist pics. See our most recent gallery for a few more from September!

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