At Christmas I offer to give painting lessons to my three older nieces. This has been going on for several years and has evolved into an exciting tradition.
Each girl spends time going through my reference and selects her subject. This year they used prepared gesso boards. As they have in past years, they draw a grid on the board and on their printed reference and hand-draw their subject. Each year they need less and less guidance from me.
Once they finish drawing, just like me, they do a turpentine value wash with burnt sienna and raw sienna.
Amanda Katie Audrey
Amanda working on her turpentine wash
Amanda's Bee-eater with wash
Audrey working on her turpentine wash
Audrey's turtle with wash
Katie ready to finish her owl from last year
Amanda, age 13, Bee-eater in progress
Katie, age 14 original oil painting Great-horned owl
Audrey had the most time to work on her piece. Good thing as she had picked an intricate subject in water (one of my favorite things to paint.) Up until the last day, she was working to finish her piece. She did a fantastic job and there is a wonderful feeling of depth in her painting!
Audrey, age 13 original oil painting Green sea turtle