Thursday, May 5, 2011

She cried when I put the acrylics away

I decided last year after seeing it in a blog post (on a now private blog, so I can't link to it) that I wanted her to make a "real" painting every year near her birthday.
Paintings for Mother's Day
This is what she made last year. She really wasn't into it, which was probably not helped by me deciding that she needed to make mini ones for her grandparents. I kept her engaged by switching the instrument (brush, sponge, potato masher, fork, whisk) she was painting with with each color, but it was still not her favorite thing ever.
This year she loved it. I let her pick out a new acrylic since I only have printers primaries, black and a brown. She chose Yellow Ochre, which seemed odd given her current obsession with pink, but I didn't complain. It did lead to a rather horrible color of grey mixed with the other brown and black (and all the other colors), but that is the art developmental stage she's in.
In fact, she went through quite an interesting process of underlayers and mixing both in the pallet and on the canvas. There's a lot of texture on this, which is why the final project looks so sparkly. I guarantee that it is just plain griege though, no glitter. Maybe we'll add that next year. She was very excited about her finished artwork. While I was finding the picture hooks, I had to caution her that we don't rub paintings on our clothes, even when they are dry, because she was just too happy to not hug it.
I can't wait to see next years. Maybe we'll buy some sparkly paint.

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