Thursday, February 24, 2011

Nudge 22, Inspired by Children

Here is my page from last weeks' I Spy nudge. I collected a bunch of red things and then, well, then I made a red painting of me. I challenged myself to just use red, brown, black and some quinacridone gold (acrylic paints). I challenged myself to take about a half hour. 
Nudge 21, I Spy Red
Cassie gave a great idea last week in the comments. She is inspired to use her child's artwork in a collage. I love this. Children's artwork is so fresh, playful and natural. Wouldn't it be great to go back? Well, let's do it!

Nudge 22: Inspired by Children

One of the challenges here will be to try to work intuitively and organically. Kids are fearless. They don't wonder if they can draw a tree or a butterfly, they simply draw it. Can you free yourself up to do this? There is much symbolic drawing with kids. A house is a rectangle with rectangular windows and a door. The ground is on the bottom of the picture and the sky is at the top. Simple, right?

Here is a link to the Global Children's Art Gallery. You may get inspired there. Or maybe inspiration is right underfoot? If you have a little one around, get out the crayons and draw together right in your journal. My kids used to love to do this. Scattered throughout my old sketchbooks and journals are priceless bits of drawings made by my kids. My son loved drawing penguins.

This is gonna be a good one!


Vicki said...

this is great. It must be a day for red. look at alisa burkes blog she is red today too

iHanna said...

What a gorgeous portrait painting - love it! And yes, children are great inspiration. Now, where can I go steal a kid? Hehe.

Anonymous said...

My two older sons LOVE penguins! I used to let them draw in my journals while waiting in doctor's offices. Don't have to do that much anymore (thank God!). I need to just set them out and let 'em at it!

Gina Lee Kim said...

I'm with Hanna, how do you steal a kid? NO wait....better yet, how do you steal their art supplies (ha). This is an awesome nudge project you did.

Diana Trout {} said...

I'm laughing right now. Hanna and Gina, I would gently discourage kidnapping.

Kristy said...

Perfect timing for this post !! I will be spending some time with my 3 year old granddaughter...she loves to "Help" her Meme !!This will be so fun. Going to challenge myself with the colors as well !! Great Nudge !!

cHim-prints said...

I am in awe. That self-portrait is wonderful! I'm just in awe. Great job.

Jane LaFazio said... check out this for more inspiration from kids. It's the afterschool art program I created and teach.

great portrait Diana!

Laura Lea said...

I love the red you used, my students (5-7 year olds) wear out the red crayons the most! It is a color they are not afraid to use! Thanks for the inspiration of the theme. I'm so thankful that I found your nudges. This teacher comes home and has play dates with them. I go back into the classroom with all it's budget problems and social problems refreshed and invigorated. IF I enter that creative zone for even a few minutes a day I feel the healing. I have an inspiration at the ready I just have to act on it.

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