Drawing Challenge: Youth (part one)

May 30, 2015

I’ve been so very busy painting up a storm for my art in the garden show, that I really didn’t have much time for my beloved drawing challenge, and, Ariane called such a good DC this week, that I really wanted to join in.

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What to do, what to do?
I know, make someone else do the DC for me!!! πŸ˜€ (I’m cunning and manipulative that way…lol)

Actually, this is a project I’ve wanted to do for some time now.

Thursday afternoon, I took an old toned canvas, my acrylics, and some water, and began painting the canvas with some bright, random colours and shapes.

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Then, after seeing it dry in the shadows cast by the trees, I decided to splash, water, drip and smudge more paint on it, till it looked well messy and finger-painty.

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Then, when Chloe came home, I asked her to write “Be the Child” somewhere. (see, make others do the hard work…lol)

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She did, and she also painted this beautiful face…

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and two small children.

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I painted the twilight rose from the front garden, my favourite saying of the moment…

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and a peony from the back garden…

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…a ladder and some marching ants, and we went about our business while I let it dry.

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This morning I gathered up some pencils, pens, markers, sharpies and oil pastels…

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…and invited everyone who came to the garden to step up to the canvas and leave a mark.

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And you know what? Everyone did!

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And even if that mark was a stick man, or a heart, or a glorious sunset tree against rainbow mountains, it’s all just too beautiful. Be the child! Art brings us back to our youth, and I love that.

One more day of inviting everyone up to the canvas tomorrow. I wonder what it will look like tomorrow evening. Can’t wait to see it. Stay tuned, I’ll update this project tomorrow. πŸ˜€

Pop over to visit our rose Ariane and the rest of this youthful, beautiful bunch! πŸ˜€

Also, had to share with the Inspire Me Monday blog hop because this is so inspirational.

Hello from Sunday night and the ending to the Art in the Garden show! (And drawing challenge: youth, part 2)
Art in the Garden show ready!

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  • Reply Carole May 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    You really are quite a brilliant delegator, Veronica! Bravo!
    The garden guests will remember the day they added to Veronica Roth’s painting in her garden.
    I wonder what part 2 will bring? xo Carole

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Lol, why do all the hard work yourself? That’s my motto! πŸ˜€ I hope they remember, and, I think they will, because loads of people took photos and also I overheard three people say something to the tune of, “this garden raised the bar so high that I’m not sure other gardens can come up to it.” Wow!

  • Reply joanne May 30, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how happy it makes people to be allowed to paint! You gave them the opportunity to reach out to their inner child ????????

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:39 am

      I know! Everyone was really smiling and milling around that canvas and looking at bits of it. πŸ˜€

  • Reply joanne May 30, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    er..I’m not sure how to edit out all those question marks… πŸ™‚ And it looked as though I joined the theme co-incidently last night! xx

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:39 am

      Wonderful! I’m about to jump right over, and don;t worry, I love the question marks! πŸ˜€

  • Reply drawingwhisperseric May 31, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Wonderful that everyone took part in it. Must have been great fun. Looking forward to part 2.

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:38 am

      It was great fun. I love how different people are comfortable with select tools. Some go straight for the bold, big felts, and some will only use the lightest, thinnest pencils. But it’s all wonderful. πŸ˜€

  • Reply Melodye Shore May 31, 2015 at 1:44 am

    Wonderful! You created a children’s playground in your backyard!

    (Seems I missed another art challenge, boo!! Hint, please: How do I find the hosting blog every week?)

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:36 am

      Oh dear Melodye, and I was so busy I forgot to forward that invitation to FB. Sorry. The person who is keeping track is Ariane at http://arianereichardt.blogspot.be . It’s so very informal that sometimes I have to check around the artists to see who has called one. I’ll try not to forget to post to FB next time, and, of course, if I call a DC I always bug just about everyone I can with an invitation. πŸ˜€

  • Reply debrashewhoseeks May 31, 2015 at 4:40 am

    So many willing volunteers! What a great idea!

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:33 am

      I know! I can’t believe it. πŸ˜€ I sort of expected some people would be willing, but mostly everyone was, and, some people absolutely ran straight to the canvas to draw something! Love it. πŸ˜€ I’ll have to have a word with my son, who is coming today with his girl, and insist that absolutely no subculture figures with great, big body part are to be drawn!

  • Reply Tammie May 31, 2015 at 5:36 am

    how fun that everyone is joining in! loved it mixed with shadows.

    • Reply Veronica May 31, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Me too Tammie, that’s why I made some of the grey sideways swipes with the brush. Robert preferred it in the original gentle colour state.

  • Reply Joke Konings May 31, 2015 at 6:44 am

    That’s a great idea, every one enjoyed it. It gives a great memory and gave your ART IN THE GARDEN SHOW (love that name) something extra. And you know what? I think everyone will remind this.

  • Reply Katrin May 31, 2015 at 10:19 am

    It looks like you have fun and youth all around you! Thanks for sharing these pictures.
    ?? Katrin

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  • Reply Ariane Reichard May 31, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Dear Veronica,
    this is great! You’re having a beautiful garden party with beautiful friends working for the drawing challenge πŸ˜‰ Wish I have could come! Such fun!
    Thank you very much :-*
    Ariane of Rose

  • Reply Patrice A. June 1, 2015 at 3:49 am

    ooh YEAH!
    we all like to draw and paint
    but so many don’t
    as a child we less think about the outcome, right?

    it looks like fun
    and i especially loved the image
    of the elderly woman ;^))


  • Reply daryledelstein June 1, 2015 at 5:32 am

    i love this idea and its execution … brava

  • Reply createwithjoy June 7, 2015 at 3:25 am

    What an awesome concept Veronica! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy – you are one of our Featured Guests at this week’s party! πŸ™‚ #179 Congrats!

    • Reply Veronica June 8, 2015 at 5:31 am

      That’s sweet. Thank you so much. πŸ˜€

  • Reply swapna June 7, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I am so glad I stopped by! I’m your new subscriber πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica June 8, 2015 at 5:27 am

      Hello there Swapna, thank you so much, and thank you for leaving your addy so now I can come visit you. πŸ˜€

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