The network for artists with kids – HOW KIDS CHANGE ART

Saturday through Thursday I’ll post new paintings. On Friday, there will be a network post. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting. 🙂 I’d love to know what you think.

The network for artists with kids.

Join the network!

CHALLENGE 2: Let us know how your kids have changed how you do art (in a comment). Feel free to link to your work.

My first ever video is about how my son has changed me as an artist. What do you think?


ENERGY SAVING TIP:  I’ve been doing little watercolor efforts this week, and abandoned my oil area. Usually I dread walking back into my studio after time away -because of all the scraping – but this morning it was pretty easy to get going. My glass pallet was a mess – completely covered with dry paint. I don’t like to use toxic stuff, so I poured my brush solution on the glass (1/2 Murphy oil soap and 1/2 water), spread it around, and worked on planning my project for a couple minutes. Then I scraped off the mess with a window scraper blade. Clean as could be in about 2 minutes of work. Of course cleaning up afterwards would probably be more efficient, but that’s just not going to happen.

How do you keep your oil pallet clean?

PARENTING ADVICE I’VE APPRECIATED: “Special time” is the best part of my day (from a Dr. Sears book). I set the alarm for some random amount of time, and just put my full attention on my son. It feels really good, and it’s easy to put off distractions for a set amount of time.

Come back next Friday. We’ll talk about tips for saving time in the studio, so you can walk in and create. (Sign up for the free newsletter so you don’t forget!)  If you haven’t yet, pop over to the introductions area and say “Hi.”

3 thoughts on “The network for artists with kids – HOW KIDS CHANGE ART”

    • Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by! Ultimate Paper Mache is a wonderful site – I’m so grateful to Jonni for the link!

      Art and fine art… great question. Wikipedia says that basically “fine art” is more specific than “art”. And that fine art is aesthetic rather than practical. What brought up this question?

      Art: “Art is a term that describes a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities, but is most often understood to refer to painting, film, photography, sculpture, and other visual media. Music, theatre, dance, literature, and interactive media are included in a broader definition of art or the arts.”

      Fine Art: “Fine art or the fine arts encompass art forms developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than practical application.”


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