Tuesday, June 4, 2019

It's Been a While...

It has been a while since I've posted here.

It's been a while since I made any art.

I picked up a bunch of these Art Lab books from Quarry Books ages ago thinking I'd work through them with the kids. Keira discovered them on my shelf and has been hounding me to work through them with her. Finally, over a month ago now, we started one.

We started with Paint Lab by Deborah Forman.

All of the books seem to have 52 projects - so if you did one a week, it would take a year to work through them. We did the first exercise in the book back in April... and... haven't done any since. so this may take us more than a year... Or not - I am hoping we'll get back at it - starting next week when ALL of our regularly scheduled activities are all wrapped up and we have a bit more time on our hands.

The first unit in the book is a series of exercises inspired by various artists (learning from the masters - a classic way of learning... well... anything). The first exercise was "Inspired by Paul Klee: Mark Making"

Here is what we came up with:

Squiggles Make the World Go 'Round, April 2019, 28cmx38cm, Watercolour and Gouache on Watercolour Paper, by Tim Brown

Primary Colours Rain, April 2019, 38cmx28cm, Watercolour and Gouache on Watercolour Paper, by Keira Brown

Exercise #2 is Inspired by Helen Frankenthaler and involves pouring thinned liquid acrylics!


  1. I know those books! Took them out of the library with an eye to using them to teach in my basement. Way to go, using them, and to Keira for pressuring you. Your results are gorgeous, both of you! I really look forward to seeing what you make next!