Can You See It?

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Brianna, knows what she wants to bring to life in her artwork.  In this case, a special leotard resting on her bed, with a slight glimpse of her room.  Meaningful to Brianna, and beautifully rendered in pastel, Brianna has realized her vision.

It didn’t happen overnight, but took quite of bit of work.

Brianna was wisely patient and persevered. Vision made visible!

Still Life, Dynamic Work

bKatepumkin copy

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “less is more”.  Kate’s still life study of a pumpkin is a great illustration of that expression.  The color is limited, the shapes are simple, and the composition straight forward, but it is fully packed with pumpkiny energy!

Here’s a challenge for you:

Imagine this pumpkin, in this composition, without a stem, or with a stem that isn’t diagonal and is blunt at the top.  How would that simple change effect the way we see this work?

Invisible Trash

“Invisible Trash”                                                                                                             Photographic Print

by Grace

About: “Invisible Trash”

“In putting together this piece I got to make a tape sculpture, take a photograph, and then use Photoshop.”

What do you think Grace is saying in this piece?

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.