The sun sets after 10pm right now and it’s light out well into the night at the moment. Along with that, we also get some spectacular sunsets from our perch here on the farm. I’ve started to do some watercolor painting while standing at the kitchen counter, trying to chase the changing colors of the sunset through the window. It’s crazy how fast it changes over the course of the roughly 45 mins it takes to do these. While it gets dark in the kitchen, the light from outside makes it easy enough to work. I love ending the day with these.
Art projects are like little fires: gather your materials, keep them ready, and when inspiration strikes you get burning. This weeks (and last) little fires included blot painting, some outdoor painting, and the usual assortment of drawings.
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This week I started making my own watercolor pages for the kids to add to. Started with a waterproof brush pen drawing and then they added watercolors on top. I think they turned out
Here are the results. I didn’t think about this before but now I’m thinking about doing a whole book of illustrations each for them and compiling them into some sort of narrative after-the-fact. Or maybe they should all go into the same book, trucks and unicorns combined. Hmm…
Also, here are a couple of morning brush pen drawings that turned out pretty good, kite flying and trampoline jumping have featured prominently over the last week.
Finally, another addition to the electric series.
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The fires were alive and burning this week.
Vivi made a morning note for Sam. Just saying he’s the best, that’s all.
Polar Bear Story Mini-Zine
Continuing on the them of making mini-zines, made this one using some magazing cut outs. Here’s the inspiration: https://austinkleon.com/2020/03/04/how-to-make-a-zine-from-a-single-sheet-of-paper/
I liked the way this turned out in a strange way.
A collaboration between Kav and Sam.
The new normal
It was Kav’s birthday last week which was another excuse for making things.
I like to think of art projects like little fires. First you gather your wood (the materials), you built it (get everything set-up) and then you light it. When inspiration strikes, you get burning.
I love the process of gathering the materials from the store (art, craft, book, hardware, etc) and have them all ready, meaning out and in view, so we can work when the mood strikes. Until I have a dedicated studio space this means transforming our dining table over the weekend, but here’s proof that it’s worth it: four projects done over the past four roughly four weeks that just sort of happened because the fire was ready to be lit.
I got this idea from Austin Kleon. I never knew how to fold and tear a piece of paper like this until now, and it’s a little detail that makes it super easy to transform any piece of paper into a mini-zine. No idea where the story came from either.
Mixing by hand
Me: “Sam you want to do some painting?”
Sam: “Yes daddy!”
Slide out some large sheets of card stock. Squeeze tubes of different color paints on. Watch him mix. Repeat!
The paper laptop
Vivian created this paper model of a laptop complete with fold out keyboard, sitckers on the case, kick stand, and laptop sleeve with handles. It’s just like what her parents use, and she even drew a browser on the screen showing “Google: Unicorns” on it with the search result.
No one helped her, no one even knew she was working on it. We were just going about doing chores while she was busy doing something at the dining-table-turned-studio.
The box critters
Kav made these with the kids, starting with some cutouts from a magazine and expanding into homemade hands and eyes and tails of all sorts. Reusing materials from around the house is a bonus, as it the fact that this art gets named and played with after. This genre of art project (box critter-making?) is an underrated wellspring that we’ll be sure to tap into more often.
I love art projects. Keep burning those fires!