Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quoting Picasso

To quote Pablo Picasso, 

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

One of my goals with this blog is to post inspiring artwork created by children. The freedom, spontaneity, and non-judgement they bring to their drawings and paintings are the keys to their brilliant originality. We can learn from them!

Some months ago I wrote about my 18 month-old granddaughter being my mini-muse. Here are some of her more recent drawings, done without prompting or planning by adults (as you can tell by the lined paper surface):

by Ember Rose -- 4 yrs. old

by Ember Rose --  4 yrs. old

This little granddaughter of mine comes from creative, passionate parents, so I know we will continue to see imaginative work flowing from her young mind and fingers. 

Ember's drawings remind me of these paintings by Russian artist, Wassily Kandinsky:

"Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle)" by Wassily Kandinsky, 1913

"Composition IV" by Wassily Kandinsky, 1911

I'm always happy to post artwork done by children, so send some way!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Paint Until You're Happy

Sometimes I have to force myself to stay in my studio and not talk to anyone. I have to shut out all the things I think I should be doing and paint until I'm happy again. It always works.

I did that yesterday and finished this painting:

"Gemini" by Lacie Myers 2014

The scene is imagined and not based on any fathers or babies in particular (consciously at least). 

Some days I just sit in a comfy chair with a pencil and paper and see what my brain gives me. If a sketch says "paint me," I try to listen. 

Here's the sketch that started it all.

Lacie Myers 2014

Once again, thanks to Cecile Veilhan for helping me mine the paintings in my brain and helping me see what is possible.

Happy Thursday,


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Lacie and Cecile

About a year ago I learned about a contemporary French painter named Cecile Veilhan. I felt an immediate connection with her art to the point that I wondered if she were my long-lost twin sister. I made a board on my Pinterest specifically for her paintings and filled it with my favorites.

painting by Cecile Veilhan

One day I made a quick sketch of me and my sisters and set to work on a painting of my own -- inspired by Cecile Veilhan's style. 

"The Connie Girls" by Lacie Myers 2013

We grew up in the 1970's. No one had a camera with them at all times, ready to capture their children's lives in colorful detail, so it was fun to imagine this picture of my sisters and me -- based on my memories and my love for them both. 

All the information I can find about Cecile is written in French, so I don't know much about the materials she uses or her methods. But... it was fun experimenting with acrylics, oil pastels, and colored pencils to get effects similar to those in her work. 

Hug your sister today!

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