Sunday, January 10, 2010

A is for Alligator!

YAY! I finally finished my first painting for Conner's room! Only 25 more to go... this one took me about three hours but I love how it turned out. I just used a 12x12 stretched canvas, acrylic paint, some cute pics found online for inspiration, and wooden letters.

I painted all 26 canvases alternating colors (orange, brown, beige, yellow, red, blue, etc...). Then free handing the pics of animals for each canvas. I found the wooden letters at Michaels for about $1.29 each and painted those as well. I thought the floating letter would add a little texture and depth to the paintings.

Hopefully these will be completed before he gets here... 3 hours x 25 paintings = 75 hours of painting! Here's to determination!

It was really fun painting this one... Conner has been really active tonight and I was home alone listening to the "Kate Nash" station on I was singing along and all smiley and happy the whole time. Dave was off watching the Packer game with his buddies and so it was just me, the dogs and Conner. I was having these fantasies the whole time of my son asking about all the paintings and learning the alphabet a ridiculously young age because he had been exposed to it since birth... then I fantasized that he asked me as a father-to-be himself if he could have them for his unborn child's nursery. It was kind of cool to just sit and be creative and let my mind go wherever it pleased. It was really important to me as an artist to incorporate something that I had made into his nursery and have that something be educational and inspiring. I hope I hit the jackpot with this idea!

So, what are some things that you have done for your kids? Please share your ideas and pics and experiences, I would love to hear what you have all come up with...



Shannon said...

This is about the most adorable thing I've ever seen!! What a lucky boy you are going to have. I do many creative things with my little guy. Just you wait... SO much fun is coming your way. My sweet one turns two on Saturday. Crazy. Happy to have been introduced to you on Twitter. Can't wait to see B, C , D...

Pinner1 said...

Thanks! I am having so much fun making them. I hope he likes it! I can't wait for fingerpaints and potato stamps and all that fun stuff :) What are some things that you do with your little one? Glad to meetyou as well! Take care and I will post more as I finish them

Jacqui said...

Wow! You sure can draw. That's a brilliant croc! Having the alphabet around him can only help him become familiar with and learn the letters. We take in so much from our environment. I bet he'll be born loving music too ;)

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