Drawing & Painting

After the past chaotic and life changing few weeks, I think I am finally ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to work! I have a lot of catching up to do. For example… we completed this drawing lesson on May 29 and I am finally posting it!Read More →

As the weather has gotten nicer we are finding it harder and harder to squeeze in our drawing lessons. Most of our free time, not taken up by the end of the year activities, such as field trips, recitals, first communions, etc, has been spent out in the garden. We are also windingRead More →

We are continuing our weekly drawing class. We are using Mark Kistler’s book, You Can Draw in 30 Days. Instead of completing the book in 30 days, we plan to take 30 weeks, doing a new lesson each week and then spending time during the week practicing what we haveRead More →

I am beyond thrilled that last year I began painting. I will never be an exceptional painter, but finally picking up a paint brush fulfilled an unrequited dream and the time I’ve spend drawing and painting fills me with so much pleasure it is hard to believe I waited until I wasRead More →

For many, many, many years… probably more years than some of you have been on this earth, I have yearned to paint. Not fancy, hang in the Lourve paintings, but paintings that would fill my journals with water colors of my gardens, little drawings of romping animals, and ultimately, simpleRead More →

We are continuing our weekly drawing class. We are using Mark Kistler’s book, You Can Draw in 30 Days. Instead of completing the book in 30 days, we plan to take 30 weeks, doing a new lesson each week and then spending time during the week practicing what we haveRead More →

We are continuing our weekly drawing class. We are using Mark Kistler’s book, You Can Draw in 30 Days. Instead of completing the book in 30 days, we plan to take 30 weeks, doing a new lesson each week and then spending time during the week practicing what we haveRead More →

We are continuing our weekly drawing class. We are using Mark Kistler’s book, You Can Draw in 30 Days. Instead of completing the book in 30 days, we plan to take 30 weeks, doing a new lesson each week and then spending time during the week practicing what we haveRead More →

There was a time, in classical education, when everyone was taught to draw and sing. The idea being anyone could learn the skills. Of course, there are those with natural talent, and not everyone will become a Da Vinci or Rembrandt, but everyone could learn the basics of drawing. There areRead More →

We have all heard the adage “Actions speak louder than words” and in the realm of artistic expression, nothing could be more true. If you want your children to be creative beings, model the behavior by being creative yourself. Being creative does not mean you have to have exceptional talent.Read More →

Although we like to draw by studying our nature finds, I find it helpful to have the kids watch some “how to draw” videos and tutorials when we approach a new subject. When we are doing a nature study we are helping to train the eye to see shapes, colors,Read More →

  It’s Spring! I have yet to see a butterfly in my gardens, but I’ve got butterflies on my brain. The other day I was playing in my journal, and I painted a picture of a butterfly. As is usually the case, I take certain liberties with nature and tendRead More →

We often dream about doing "something", and it can remain a dream if we don't, in fact, actually do the thing we are dreaming about! No brainer, there, right? But what actually pushes us from "dreaming" to "doing"? Sometimes, the answer is… inexplicable. You just wake up one day, andRead More →

I am so glad I finally cracked open a journal and started painting last night, because today I wasn't feeling well, and spent most of the day curled up on the couch, surrounded by pups, watching Tim build the vanity, and PAINTING IN MY JOURNAL! Told you, once I got started, thereRead More →

On January 29, 2014 I posted the following on Wee Folk Art’s Facebook page: “The other day I received a package in the mail from Poland. Seems Tim had purchased a beautiful journal for me for Christmas, but it got held up in customs and I just received it. WhatRead More →

While learning about the New England states, we completed this fun mixed-media sailboat painting. It combines one of our favorite activities, wet on wet watercolor painting, with recycling easily found papers. I love how playful and whimsical the finished paintings turned out. Enjoy! Materials: 11″ x 15″ 140lb watercolor paper (27.9Read More →

Note: I DO NOT share my watercolors because I think they are perfect. Quite the contrary. I am self-teaching and learning, and I hope I can encourage other would be painters to join me in the journey 🙂 Remember… I’m not seeking perfection, I’m seeking JOY. As my love affairRead More →

Although I can’t say I enjoy watercoloring as much I enjoy gardening, it has become a close second. And, as my ability to vigorously garden is diminishing, it couldn’t have come at a better time! Although I haven’t shared any of my paintings in a while, I have been prolific. Since I had these framed,Read More →

Although it may not seem so on Wee Folk Art, our summer was filled with much artistic expression. I've just been really, really selfish with my time, and haven't been sharing all our endeavors online, but when the fall rolls around, I'm always so much better at spending time at myRead More →

I am soooo excited! A few weeks ago I shared an article I wrote oh so long ago for a past blog. It was titled Unrequited Dreams and spoke of my desire the learn how to watercolor. If you haven’t read the blog and would like to, you can readRead More →