Sunday, July 18, 2010

Annika's Enchanted Forest and Seurat

Acrylic on canvas 20 x 24

This week I completed an enchanted forest painting for a little girl's room.  This was so fun to paint.  When I was a little girl I always wanted a tree house, to me this is the ultimate fantasy tree house, with enchanted surroundings to boot.  I will admit I had to restrain myself when I got the glitter out.  It's hard to tell in the photo but the fairy wings and the garland around the door are sparkly.  I would love to live in this world, at least visit it on a regular basis.  My now 4 year old also loved this painting.  He kept telling me he wanted to get in the painting. 

close up

As I mentioned earlier I now have a 4 year old little boy.  Steven's birthday was on the 7th.  Since he's a little older now and more mature, I decided to pull out my lesson plans from when I taught art for the Boys and Girls club.  I taught all ages.  I always incorporated a little art history into the lessons, so this week we talked about Georges Seurat and pointillism.  "Seurat did the dot" was our catch phrase.  So I broke out the watercolors and q-tips.  He embraced the idea and had fun with it.  I think I'll make some flash cards up as we go along learning about artists.
watercolor on foam board 4 x 4

The bottom one is another painting Steven did this week. 

mixed media 5 x 7

See everyone next week.


  1. I love the enchanted room! ANd I can totally see those glittery fairy wings :) What little girl wouldn't love this?

    And that is so cool what you did with Steven, I may have to try that with my boys :)

  2. Thanks Crystal! I know I would have loved a painting like this when I was little. I actually enjoy looking at it a lot now:)

    I plan on doing a lot of art lessons with Steven. I have a lot of lesson plans that I put together years ago, so I'll be revisiting them. It's fun and he'll learn along the way. One of the best compliments I got, when I was teaching, was when a parent of a preschooler said their child identified a lot of paintings when their family visited the Louvre. How cool is that, what a head start.

  3. Carrie,

    Loving this! I am sure Annika will love it too and it is defintely something that she will enjoy as she is you and I hope (as she grows) helps her to realize the beauty and innocence that goes with being young and to remember to try and hold on to that. I hope all of painting help the kids to always know that an imagination is only the beginning of making dreams come true. Thanks for all the beautiful work for the kids' rooms. It was awesome to have my ideas come to life:)
    Ericka :)

  4. Ericka, it was my pleasure. I had so much fun, I got to got to revisit my inner child. I will say Annika's definitely has a special place in my heart. I don't have a little girl so this was special for me to get to do. I'll talk to you about shipping in an e-mail.

  5. Carrie, this painting is so magical! I can see how you would have enjoyed painting this one! I would have gone crazy on the 'sparklies' too! I'm sure the little girl is going to love having this in her room!