March 6, 2012

Serious Painting

We recently ordered a couple of really great art books, and have been learning a few new techniques (mostly flipping through and picking them at random).

One day we got lucky enough to even suck Jakey into the art long enough for Lara to try out playing with gouache:

Even better was a quiet afternoon when Lara and I experimented with blending and streaking watercolors:

And after a weekend trip to the art museum's family studio where we practiced symmetry and patterns, Lara drew an awesomely continuous background for "this is a rainbow pony":

I love watching the process of learning technique. At its most basic, it's just copying - just trying to reproduce the effect in another work. But the effort of breaking that other whole into imitable parts is also what enables the later rearrangement of the parts into new creativity.