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Drawing Challenge: Youth (part one)

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!!! 😀 (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. 😀

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

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

Comments: 24

  • May 30, 2015

    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

  • May 30, 2015

    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 ????????

  • May 30, 2015

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

  • May 31, 2015

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

  • May 31, 2015

    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?)

  • May 31, 2015

    So many willing volunteers! What a great idea!

  • May 31, 2015

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

  • May 31, 2015

    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.

  • May 31, 2015

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

  • May 31, 2015

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

  • June 1, 2015

    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 ;^))


  • daryledelstein

    June 1, 2015

    i love this idea and its execution … brava

  • createwithjoy

    June 7, 2015

    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! 🙂 #179 Congrats!

  • June 7, 2015

    I am so glad I stopped by! I’m your new subscriber 🙂

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