As much as I like to boss the kids around I do not always tell them what to draw, instead I want to fuel their creativity by letting them settle on the subject from time to time. This week we are doing the summer theme in watercolor. The kids have to decide what ideas deserve to be put on paper.
I fell in love with watercolor a couple of months ago. After watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I realized that we could have meaningful and productive relationship. The absolute musts for that though are good quality paper, good quality paints and brushes, and a right approach.
People were different a few centuries ago. They were less tall then we are, more violent, lived shorter lives and knew how to entertain themselves without iPads. During medieval times people became interested in riddles and quests for pleasure which I think is much more amusing then watching a public beheading. Continue reading Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Medieval Riddles.→
If I have a chance to go to Japan I want to do it when cherry blossom trees are blooming. I can sing many praises to the uniqueness of the country but really where else in the world do you have grand festivals devoted entirely to the blooming of the trees. They are called sakura and not only are they pretty but they are also very meaningful to the people of Japan. Continue reading Hanami. Sakura Celebration.→
They said Peter Carl Faberge died of a broken heart. He went to Switzerland after more then 30 years of being in demand as an imperial jeweler for the Russian Tsar. He was respected, rich and well known, had people working for him, lavish lifestyle and good relationship with Tsar Nikolai II. It all ended abruptly after the October Revolution of 1917 changed the course of the country and Faberge’s skills and ideas were no longer needed. Continue reading Faberge Egg Painting.→
We had a rather gloomy Sunday last week. Nothing wrong, just some bad weather. My daugther watched cartoons, played in her room and finally came up to me with an eternal problem – “I am bored”. I had a bag of pompoms that was in the craft box since last year and they were exactly what we needed to solve it.
You can use an all purpose glue or something stronger. The surface matters only if you want to display the creation. I once bought the wooden cards for the class and since I had the leftovers, we utilized them. The 30 minutes of undivided attention have produced two small art works that I am proudly presenting in the post.
I have to say that the pompoms are a pleasure to work with, soft and fluffy, and perfect for the small hands.
Georges Seurat was never a party animal. In fact his friends usually never saw him anywhere but behind his easel. He worked compulsively and never cut corners in the process of creating. I mean, the man spent two years perfecting his black and white drawings. And then it took him two years to finish the painting featured above. Two years and only one painting. Not very prolific, right? But if it was not for his works who knows when the future generation artists could start implementing optical illusion in art.
Punxsutawney Phil might rethink the whole thing after freezing his tail off for the last couple of days. Winter finally decided to show us who is in charge. But you know what? I do not mind it if its only for the couple of weeks. What can be cozier then sitting home with a nice book and hot cocoa when its cold and snowing outside? Continue reading On the Way Home. Mixed Acrylic Technique.→