More kids in the house

More kids in the house - student project

Taking this class felt amazing. At first I thought I don't have 2 hours to spare, but then I decided to try it out, and it was the best decision. I always feel like someone is going to judge my work, so I don't like to practice, I always want to create a good, finished piece. Also, I really like quick results, and I don't want to "waste" my time on something that is not 'framable'. I have two small children (2 yr old and a 3 yr old) and we paint a lot. I always get into it, we put a big ikea roll of drawing paper on the floor and we just paint. I like it, but I felt like it wasn't giving me the benefit of practicing. I felt like if I don't have an idea, concept or a purpose, it's not practice - it's just wasting my time. Despite that, I painted like a child with my own kids. I like it, and I always create something abstract, I like filling up the empty spaces on paper. 
Now, after taking this class, I don't fell obliged to paint nicely. I learned a lot by doing my crazy scribbles. I will do it often. I just need to buy more paper :D 

First I jus took an A4 watercolor paper, and just had fun with colors I don't usually use together or next to each other. From this exercise I know, I'm not a big fan of mixing colors all day long. I need a bigger pallet that will allow me to paint more, and mix less, so I don't waste too much time on that. I reaaaaally like my top circle with the light blue and creamy brown next to the orange center. I don't know why, but I ejoy looking at it :D

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Then I did some painting with my kids. It wasn't as calming, because of course they were fighting and stuff, but I'm no new to this game - I did the exercise with lines first, so they won't interrupt it later ;) 

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After those I decided to try out the one color exercise - I like the way it turned out! I mixed some yellow and green into my blue, for fun. 

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This was the last piece - my kids were fighting and taking my paints and brushes, someone stepped on it (I think) - because they were done with painting with me ;) But I really wanted to paint an ugly, easy, quick landscape and they really helped by making me angry xD

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So this was the last one. It's an ikea fake plant, no bigger than an orange. It was just standing there, so I picked the biggest brush I had, and turned this plastic fella into a masterpiece. I used a lot of pigment on that one, on a wet on wet background, and then I used a paper towel and just dabbed the whole painting with it. I like the effect I get with using the towel. I am so happy with my ugly plant! 

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I feel refreshed. The first piece was he best. I will do it more often. I also want to paint spontaneously more often - without sketching and thinking about too much. 

And about that title - I have two kids, and now I let my inner child out. Now there is three of us in the house :) And my poor husband :P

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Sylwia Piątkiewicz
I don't like itchy sweaters.