Today’s lesson was all about repurposing common household items to paint with. It was pretty fun to guess what their marks were going to look like and then work with the results.
My favorite was the drawer liner. But I used an old cork, fork, credit card, milk cap and even a toy truck!
Funny thing about that toy truck, though. I picked it because it had nice, fat wheels that I thought would make a good tread mark. And it did, sort of, but . . . . . . . . what I didn’t realize is that it’s the kind of toy that when you roll it backwards, the wheels are spring-loaded and automatically shoot the toy forward when you release it.
Paint splatters all around!
I had a good laugh, and it wasn’t too much trouble to clean up. I think next time I’ll pick a different wheeled vehicle though. Or maybe just a bigger canvas. 🙂
It’s nice to think about using common things in an unusual way. And to play.
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
So, as I mentioned in my last post, (here) I was reminded again, during my recent illness that I am NOT in control.
And I’m learning that through painting as well.
It’s like riding a horse, for me. You can NOT choose where the horse puts hisfeet, but you can choose the general direction in which hewill go. As your skill improves, and your horse’s skill improves and the level of connection/communication between the two of you grows, you can be more accurate together.
I have NO skill as an artist. And thus, NO control!
But it’s fun to just watch it go, and experiment, and play and see what will happen with the results.
I like learning techniques, and when I like the results I’m seeing, I give it its head, so to speak and let it go forward as fast as it wants to go!
But when I don’t like what I see, I rein it in a bit, and redirect it onto a different course.
I can’t choose exactly what’s going to happen, or how it will turn out, but I can nudge it in the general direction I want it to go.
And learning that even when I don’t have very much control, I can love the results, is amazing. In fact, learning that if I HAD controlled it, I wouldn’t have liked the results as much, may be life changing!
Well, it’s back to reality day around here, so that’s why I’m writing after the kids bedtime, instead of during nap time.
You see, there was no nap time around here today. All that traveling is hard on kiddos and completely blew our schedule out of the water.
I did, however get 6 of our 9 loads of laundry done, got everyone completely unpacked and went grocery shopping.
So, forgive me for the late hour.
I managed to sketch a little on the final days of our trip, and I did take a glance at the supply list for my art class.
Trying not to freak the freak out! So much stuff!
But I am so ready to get started!
Here’s the quote that kicked off the intro lesson:
“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe
Providence has definitely been moving. Now it’s my turn to BEGIN.