Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Chickadees in Chalk Pastels

We took the time this week to work on a new art project. Besides the need to get some new art time in, our powder room needed a new round of art to adorn its walls!

Our family always enjoys working with Hodgepodge Mom's pastel art tutorials and this time I pulled out her new ebook- A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels. It's pretty easy to have everyone at the table with our supplies out, including my laptop, to learn a new project.

We're off to a great start!

We consulted our field guide for some details and our feeder has been fairly busy with chickadees recently. You can almost always catch them at the feeder when you walk by our french doors. I love to combine art with nature study- what better way for our Creator to speak to us than through His creation. Make the time! It always brings a measure of peace to our day.

Not bad E14!

Art is so effortful for E14...yet I always love his work in chalks.
A nice plump chickadee drawn by I10!

This is the sweetest bird by J7! I love his lines. And look at that painterly effect!

Isn't it lovely? R12 loves to chalk and made several more besides this one- she always chalks on long after the lesson is finished!

R12's finished chickadee on display in funky bathroom lighting...


A gift which will be sent along to its destination shortly

All four are displayed in our powder room where guests can enjoy them too!

The best part about chalk pastels is their forgiving nature. They can a little messy, but it doesn't last long and the results are always worth the effort.

My new favorite way to enjoy our children's artwork is to put it up around our home. Seeing their finished, framed work on our walls always brings a smile to my face. These four framed pieces are on the wall in our powder room which is delightful even to guests when they see it. I like to keep spare dollar store frames handy for gift giving and to rotate out and around the artwork. Thank you to Tricia and Nana for sharing this medium and all the lessons with us!



A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels
A full school year of chalk pastel art lessons. Lucia Hames, Nana to the Hodgepodge family, teaches forty-five lessons. Her simple instructions will have you creating masterpiece drawings in no time.
A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels
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5 comments:

Hodgepodgemom said...

Happy applause from over here!! Oh I just love your artwork - please tell them all how lovely their chickadees are. And I simply adore how you frame them right away and display to prompt smiles. Thank you so for sharing.

Crystal in Lynden said...

Those are wonderful. Thank you for sharing the work and the book.

Resting In The Wildflowers said...

That looks great thanks for sharing once again Heather. I would love to include this in our week.

Blessings, Renelle

rachelquigley said...

Love this idea! They did a great job. I love the birds. I also have begun framing their artwork, poetry, etc and hanging it in the house...it's nice to view their accomplishments on a regular basis!

Marie Z said...

These chickadees are just lovely. I am inspired to try this some time very soon.