Loretta Grayson Inspired Art

I first came across Loretta Grayson’s art via Pinterest a few weeks ago.

I spent some time browsing her blog Shoebox of Photographs I was totally mesmerized by her colors, style and themes of her art and crochet work.We spent Friday’s art session doing her free tutorial.The tutorial was very clear and laid out simply.  You will need good paper, a ruler and pencil, oil pastels, water colors and acrylic paint for this art activity.

I followed her tutorial precisely and enjoyed the process and the results.

My two daughters created their own design inside the tree circles and came up with completely different paintings.

Miss K.13’s named hers “Burnt Trees Come to Life

Miss L10 worked her textures with toothpicks and added lots of detail, spending much more time on her art than we did!  She loved the process, but was not thrilled with her actual painting. 

I spent some more time in the afternoon working on tree inspiration for our Lucerne Tree Farm.  I managed to capture our mountains, the lucerne seeds on our trees and their long roots going deep into the soil with their nitrogen-fixing nodules.

I loved the simplicity of the Loretta’s squares, the colors and the patterns. 

I’m hooked on Loretta Grayson’s art!

It was refreshing to focus on a ‘newfamous contemporary artist for our Friday Fine Art theme.

What artist has inspired you lately?


Van Gogh’s Sunflowers ~ Art Appreciation Lesson

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

We looked at several images of his sunflowers online and in several art books featuring his most famous paintings. Once again, like our Van Gogh Irises lesson, I used flowers from my garden.   I set up a still life of sunflowers that had grown in my garden during summer.  The girls knew these flowers well!

Sunflower still life

Van Gogh has such a wonderful colourful style, full of swirls, dashes of paint and thick 3D stokes of colour.

Next we sketched the table line, vase outline and large flowers, petals, leaves and stalks.

Sketching sunflowers

Then we outlined the drawing with grey oil pastels.  I decided to use oil pastels for their rich, vibrant colour and thick opacity.  We coloured the flowers and vases, table-cloth and background using short strokes, creating swirls and dashes of colours. Then we intensified the colour by adding various shades and tones of that colour in between the spaces.  These were our finished results!

All our pictures ready for the “gallery”!

The girls loved this art project because it didn’t have to “come out perfectly.”  After studying his life story we recorded biographical details (using my Famous Impressionist Artists Chart.

We can’t wait for next week’s van Gogh art appreciation time… will we do “Starry Night”  or “The Bedroom” ?

Here are some sites that were very helpful with ideas, colouring pages and lesson plans: