"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013."
The rain, it falls, and falls and falls. Sometimes vertically, but mostly horizontally as gale-force winds blow. Yesterday I kept the little ones home with me, while Ella came back early from high school as yet another wet weather "event" unleashed itself on the North Coast. Everything is still so wet from Oswald, so as soon as this rain started the water built up rapidly and the region is flooding in parts.
In this photo the girls are getting stuck into wet-on-wet painting. It's very much a part of the Steiner schooling method and we have two Steiner schools close by, so I've seen examples of wet-on-wet painting at Spring fairs and in friend's homes and have always wanted to try it. It's water-colour painting on wet paper - hence the wet-on-wet name - with the emphasis on exploring colour over form. We will be doing this again as they both loved it.
I need to get some more water colour paper for us all, but we improvised with plain old sketch-book paper and the results were beautiful. I kept the palette simple and water-inspired; just two blues and two greens. Melli described the way the colours soaked into the wet paper as "magic". It's good when you hit on something that ignites their imagination. And it makes for a great rainy-day activity.
I'm posting my weekly "52" portrait of the girls early (usually I post them on a Sunday and link up with Jodi's blog), but I'm working this weekend and with this weather we're going to be flat-out.
I hope you are safe and warm and enjoy your weekend.
* I bought the beautiful little painting jar set from Spiral Garden I love how simple and practical it is.