Saturday, June 28, 2008

Digital Canvass


Purple Dino

Is. has been asking lately--passionately--to paint. In fact, "paint" is one of those five-alarm words around the house: we know that saying it will tip Is. into such intense determination that, once it is said, there is no getting out of some sort of painting. D. will happily set out the water colors for her on the kitchen table (at breakfast this morning, Is. pointed to lingering brush marks on the wall and proudly claimed it: "Baby paint!" But she is almost as content with the graphics tablet and digital canvass. I can map the tablet to the exact size of the blank canvass on the interface and assist her (by mouse) with choosing colors--all a far better match with my own material preferences when it comes to painting. Whatever else can be said of it, Is. is picking up on subtle distinctions between colors (i.e. dark red and what she calls "yellow-white," although I'm still not always sure what this latter one is). And, on any given day, she gets enough of the water colors and enough of the graphics tablet to refer to them both as "painting" (a word you must not mutter in our company unless you want to alter the course of our lives for an hour).

Above, the first is just some futzing around with colors. The second looks to me like the end of the purple dinosaurs or the smoke monster from Lost knocking Mr. Echo onto his back.

Bookmark and Share Posted by at June 28, 2008 12:30 PM to Unspecified

Looks like we have another artist in the family going back 6 generations.

Posted by: grandma joyce at June 28, 2008 1:17 PM

Just to act as a bad influence, which is my purpose in life, I keep a list of links to good online art resources on my teaching blog:


Posted by: Deanya at June 30, 2008 12:23 PM