I have always loved Georgia O’Keeffe’s art!
So, when I was out walking and happened to come across an old cow skull lying in the veld on our farm, I immediately knew which O’Keeffe painting we would study.
I lugged that skull home. (Skulls are rather heavy, I found out!)
My kids were not so impressed with the idea of drawing the skull, but I could wait to start …
When a dear friend and real artist arrived to stay for a weekend, kited out with her backpack of art supplies, I was delighted!
We draped a beautiful blue cloth over a painting on the wall with folds cascading over the table, balanced the skull against the wall and stuck a brilliant orange rose into a hole in the skull. We placed one more pink rose in the folds on the table.
Sam used her pastel pencils and created a phenomenal coloured sketch. (I’d love to show you, but her photos are still on her camera!)
I used a soft 2B pencil and sketched mine.
We sat for several hours sketching. Quietly we filled, blended and rubbed out highlights, and tweaked until the sketches were done.
I was happy. (smiling sigh)
Art does that to me!
Now … I need to think about my girl’s art appreciation lesson … and their reluctance to draw the skull. Will they sketch it? Will they give it a try? Do they even need to?
(I’ll let you all know once we start our new semester.)
How do your children feel about looking at or drawing skulls? Feel free to share or comment.