I recently completed a large painting for the High River Daycare. Last summer the daycare put out a call to artists to create paintings to be hung on their fence in the outdoor play area. I thought this was a wonderful idea, as I think it's important for children to engage with art and to have bright, colourful images around them to spark imagination!
My son is four and a half, and for the last two years he has been enamoured with dinosaurs! This doesn't seem to be a passing craze for him. He will watch any documentary, read any book, and listen endlessly to staff at the museums and the zoo. He wants to learn ALL about dinosaurs! I am amazed at his aptitude for learning, especially when it comes to this subject.
I'll admit, I knew nothing, nor cared much about dinosaurs until Hunter began this infatuation. I now feel like I should be some sort of honorary palaeontologist (I'm sure many moms of little boys can relate!) Anyway, I decided that if I was going to do a painting for children, it should be of dinosaurs because I know my son is not alone in this passion and interest.
It took me until Christmas to get started on the painting, as I had a busy fall with commissions and paint parties. I began work on the piece during my Christmas "holidays," and just finished it days ago. I documented most of the progress as I painted, and compiled it into a 7 minute Youtube video to show how it was made. I like to show people the process of creating a piece, and I hope it will be interesting for the kids to see as well. You'll notice my son's presence in some of the videos as he watched me paint, and talked on and on about the dinosaurs I was depicting.
I hope you will take a few minutes to watch the video and share in my enjoyment of creating this piece. It was really fun to do and I hope it sparks more fun with the kids at the daycare when I deliver it to them next week!