Monday, July 29, 2013

...people love to paint birds!

Matty and I had a blast today teaching bird lovers how to draw and paint birds at the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center. I had no idea there were so many people who wanted to learn how to paint birds! We were swamped with artists of all ages all afternoon. I really enjoyed watching everyone's interpretations come to life on paper. Here are just a few of the artists and their creations...

...this dad had no idea he could paint. It was his first time to pick up a paintbrush!
I love this painting...a very cool rendering of a female Northern Cardinal. 

...focus and concentration...this little girl knew exactly how to bring her eagle to life.

...using the "two circles and a triangle" method made it easy to draw birds! 

...love these deep, rich colors. This little girl had a sharp eye for design.

...a software developer checked his analytical self at the door and got his art on. He opted for the "circle and triangle" bird drawing method and created his own design of a black-capped chickadee (this was his first time to paint and draw!). 

...and a mechanical engineer created this gorgeous Blue Jay by sketching out her own design too. Circles and triangles go a long way with birds. I love all of the shading and dimension.

These girls really worked hard and created beautiful paintings...while laughing and having fun too!

...diligently mixing paint to get the exact color. This young artist really enjoyed creating custom colors. She totally nailed the olive green that shows on a Hooded Warbler.

...sweet, sweet paintings. I love the way these sisters created their paintings of a White-breasted Nuthatch and a female Northern Cardinal. Beautiful!!!

All of these bird-loving artists took part in the free bird painting workshop Matty and I hosted at the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center on Sunday. Click here for yesterday's post to find out what it was all about and to learn more about Little Miami, Inc. (LMI) and the Little Miami Scenic River and Trail Center. I'm going to put another post together soon showing all of the cool stuff in the center and explain more of how LMI protects the Little Miami River...and some of the people behind the organization. More to come...

20 comments:

Elaine said...

Wonderful you had such a great turnout! It's rewarding to know you helped people create something they didn't think they could. Lovely results!

holdingmoments said...

Some great talent there Kelly.
I bet they all had a fantastic time too.

Sue said...

Oh, that looks like it was a fun day! How nice to see folks discover new talents!

Ken Januski said...

Looks like a great success. It reminds me of how natural art is to people when they're young.

Vicki Holdwick said...

What fun! Wish I'd been there. So nice that you included some of the art. The youngsters have such amazing talent!

xoxo

TexWisGirl said...

truly awesome! loved the dad's female cardinal. really fabulous!

Janice K said...

How wonderful! That may be the beginning for a new hobby for some of them. They make it look so easy. Thank you for sharing some of the results.

Montanagirl said...

Kelly, such a wonderful time for you and all those artists! I love the different interpretations and the paintings.

Frank said...

What a cool way to learn and have lots of fun.

Kerri Farley said...

That's awesome!

Laure Ferlita said...

That looks like fun! Love the looks of focus and concentration as well as the smiles.

Well done, Matty and Kelly!

Lois Evensen said...

So much fun!!! That looks like a fantastic day for everyone. :)

Mary Ann Gieszelmann said...

Kelly, that was so good of you to provide that opportunity for all those people! It's something they will always remember, and some of them will carry it forward.

Kat Griffin said...

you are a wonderful lady to share your love of the wildlife with the people and to post about all the budding artists. I love the cardinals of course. wish I could have been there too. Are you going to be at the Nesbit park - Fall art festival on Sept 8th ?

Bob Bushell said...

Fantasic for the kids, and elders.

Tammie Lee said...

ohhh, so very wonderful!

Kelly said...

...thanks everyone. It was fun helping everyone paint birds. I was happy both kids and adults painted together. It's great to bring attention to LMI. They do so much to conserve and protect the Little Miami River.

Banjo52 said...

Well done, Teach! You certainly get generosity points.

Chris said...

My kiddos would have liked that.... That's very cool

Kathie Brown said...

Kelly, what fun! I love seeing all this art and these new artists!