MAKING OF A DRAGON WITH A 4-YEAR-OLD ARTIST
Since school got cancelled today and we could not go outside because of the rain, I decided to keep my son busy by asking him to paint. Painting is one of his favourite activities.
So far I used to let him do the background for my paintings. It was a win-win situation for both of us.
He was having fun and I was getting an unique texture to start with.
Seeing that he was really into painting I promoted him to having his own canvas.
He was more than thrilled to hear that he was allowed to use acrylic colours and create his own masterpiece.
Right away he asked for some of my tools (brushes, knives, wedges, etc.) and incorporated even some of his own plastic toys that he used as stamps.
Today he asked me to be his assistant which was really funny.
Thus I got to open the tubes of paint for him, wash the tools he had used during the creating process and paint and edges of his masterpiece.
At first he applied some blobs of yellow paint directly on the canvas, like a pro, as you saw in the photos above.
Then he moved on slowly and added more blobs of different colours all over the canvas.
Then with a palette knife he spread the paint in different directions, blending the colours.
Each time he used the palette knife, I was asked to clean it for him. Being his assistant, I conformed with his request right away.
Plus I did not wish to have paint all over the kitchen.
By the end of the painting, I already had to remove the acrylic paint from the wall and chair, where he had left his tiny fingerprints.
Once he almost covered the entire surface of the canvas with paint, he added more blobs of colour which he pressed on with the palette knife in order to create various types of texture.
Then he asked me cover one corner of the canvas with the net from the tangerine box. Placing the net on top of the blobs of paint, followed by a smooth movement of levelling the excess paint with the palette knife gave a beautiful effect of scaled skin. As soon as he saw it, he said that he was painting me a dragon. I could not take photos of this step, as I was involved in the process.
Then he focused on the remaining white areas of his canvas. He added more paint and used either the knife or the sponge to cover the white spots.
He dabbed the paint on with the sponge in several layers which built depth.
Pressing the thick layer of paint with the palette knife created irregular pattern and gave the impression of foliage.
Let's have one more look at the final result!
Let me know in the comments if you'd like to see more of his paintings!
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