This is the paintings I  did with children on Thursday. The paint I was using was cheap poster paint – it was cheap but did the job. It’s the surface that totally makes a difference – I used thin white card for these works – certainly better than the brown paper but it doesn’t take the layer of say - wooden board.

Most of these works are painted by me but a couple were collaboration efforts between me and children.  We can both learn from one another.

Gross. Not only do I find the composition boring – square ocean surrounding land that scales up to the bottom right. I created landmass in the center and bottom right of the ocean in order to help the composition - it’s still not enough.  To help with the scale I painted a figure into the bottom left.  Originally this was pure black – I added light highlights in order to help with scale and give more information to the left side of the piece. What could of I done better. More dark (especially on the left)
I like the blue ocean in this work. I focused on the right side of the page, and Sarah painted the left. I focused more so on grayscale well she went with more vibrant colors – purples and blues. There is some yellow which was my doing! I like the circular marks being made – they give layers to the work. This is an example of a painting gone bad. It’s gray, muddy, and generally disgusting. It lacks substance.  This was a favorite I did – so much so that the kindy ended up keeping it for their wall.

There are more paintings – need to get photos from my Mum.

I’m going away tomorrow so not sure about updates to the site – I will take my laptop with me so may just write up blog posts about older works.

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