100 Wednesdays: Painting

February 09, 2011

A few weeks ago, I signed up for Get Your Paint On, a five week e-course given by Lisa Congdon and Mati McDonough. I had no idea what to expect, except that I would be painting for the next 5 weeks. What do I know about painting? Just what I have learned in the few art courses I have taken since college and many many visits to art museums with both of my aunts and my sister Rachel.

So with this information under my belt, I grabbed a moleskine sketchbook and started taking notes and adding inspirational pieces to it in hopes that it will chronicle my five week journey into painting and give me a bouncing off point to hopefully be able to add painting to more of my creative endeavours.

The photo above is my interpretation of a Gees Bend Quilt. I actually had a sketch of a quilt that I was helping a friend to design last year and when given this prompt, it made me go back to May  to find the sketch and see if I could build upon it. The brown, grey and purple are from the color scheme we were looking at using in the room. The red and yellow are common colors I found when researching the quilts and the triangular shapes intrigued me and reminded me of the mountains in our region. So Lys, if you are reading this–this quilt is for you–hope you enjoy it…

(original interior palette-used as color inspiration)

My kids were so excited to see me painting that they wanted to join in the fun and below are their interpretations of the the quilts. I love how free and easy it was for them to paint. They took a quick look at some of the photos and at my sketchbook and set to work. Both pieces completed in a short time and joy from all three of us.

Ben: Age 13

Emily: Age 9

It always amazes me how easy it is for kids to paint and how difficult it is for adults. I think that children do not have preconceived notions about their creativity like we do and it does not hold them back. For me, painting with my kids or doing anything else creative for that matter with them helps me to loosen up, not be so rigid and be more open to less perfection in my work. They motivated me so much on Saturday that I painted a second piece with some left over color from my daughters palette.

If you have children in your life try a project with them and see how it sparks your own creativity. If you don’t have children borrow a friends kids or a niece or nephew….it will give you all something creative that you can cherish forever.

Have a great day everyone…and thanks Lisa and Mati for helping me to GET YOUR PAINT ON…

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