The Troll

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This is a terrific new piece by Mackenzie aptly called “The Troll”

Mackenzie chose the objects for this still life and placed them herself. She then used soft pastels to complete her painting.  I think the painting bursts with life, even though it is a “still” life.

Nothing Motel

Nothing Motel                                                                                                                                                                   Digital Print

By Jonathan

“I carved a linoleum block then inked it and scanned it into Photoshop, where I added the color”

Contrasting Values

      Waterlilies by Betsy                                                                                                              Watercolor   

“I learned that contrasting the values really helps a piece more than just pale delicate color”                                                                                          

Pure Creativity

Meet  Oliver.  He makes things.  He makes wonderful, beautiful things.  He investigates, discovers, imagines, observes, invents, plans, plays, arranges, transforms, and creates.  These are all things that artists do.  I believe that Oliver does them exceptionally well.

Here are a few of Oliver’s creations. *

  Here  is a link to a great post about Oliver’s boundless creativity.

Now here is something for you to try.  It doesn’t matter how young or how old you are. It doesn’t matter how much art you have already made or if  you are just a beginner.   See if this helps you to investigate, discover, imagine, observe, invent, plan, arrange, play, transform, and create.

Close you eyes.  Open them and see just what is front of you.  Listen to the sounds around you.  What do you smell?  Don’t talk. Be still.  Let your eyes see colors, see textures, see patterns, see dark parts and light parts.  Now touch what is front of you.  Take a moment. How do you feel?

You have just allowed yourself to take in a tiny bit of what is around you.  You have taken a moment to see and to explore.  If you take more moments as you walk and play and move through the day, you may enjoy this experience.  You may do it more often.  And, you may begin to collect things.  You may see how the things you collect fit together.  You may start to make things.  Those creations may be art.

Maybe you are creative in a different way.  If you, like Oliver, make things, feel free to share your thoughts and images here.  Email elena.kidsart@gmail.com   

*All images courtesy of Chantal Powell        Big thanks to Oliver.

Everybody’s Welcome

I know, this blog is called Portrait of a GIRL and Her Art.  That’s because it’s the title of my book. The book celebrates young female artists. And while that is important, I do not want to exclude ANYONE.  ALL young artists are welcome here.

Investigate the ART SHARE page, the INTERVIEW page.  Send your art and ideas, and pick up a tip or two. This blog will be updated often with interesting and exciting work.  Some of it may be yours.