Friday, January 3, 2014

Beautiful Birds ~ A fun art project

 Some of the kids and I had fun doing some painting not long ago. Last year my Dad had made me some wood slices for me to use for decorating at a banquet. After that was over I have had fun using them in other decorating ways but I also thought they would be fun to paint on.

 So a couple of weeks ago I pulled them out and we got to painting. Jonathan isn't so interested in that sort of art (he is very good at other kinds however) so he (and Ken) skipped out on the project but the rest of us enjoyed it.
 Megan working on a blue jay. She decided it ended up looking like a Sailor Blue Jay. I think it is pretty cute. Megan loves art but can get quite frustrated when things don't go perfectly. We had to work on learning to accept our best even though it might not be quite what we imagined.
 Mara had fun making a cardinal.
 I worked on a chickadee as they have long been one of my favorite birds. They stay here in the winter time when many birds leave and they are so cheerful!
Aaron painted an Indigo Bunting.
I painted Matthew 6:26-27 on another circle. It says:
    "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? "  

  Our little art project was pretty fun. It caused us to spend some time pouring over the bird books in deciding which ones to paint. We also studied them a little better in order to paint them. We are obviously not expert painters but each little project gives us a little more confidence to try other projects. Personally I prefer to decorate my house with things like this that we have made, like this, or things that are made, photographed or painted by people I know. To me they are much more interesting then some great piece of art that was mass produced.  

   I also just really enjoyed spending some creative time with my children working on this.

 Do you like to paint or work on creative projects like this?


Amy and Mark said...

This is really beautiful! You and your children have been truly blessed with artistic abilities - it is so encouraging to see your family use them for the glory of God. Happy New Year!

Heart Vintage Design said...

You took a more difficult than it looks project and made it look simple. They look great.

Anonymous said...

That is a really cute wall hanging. I noticed when I was there and failed to comment on it.

Abbi said...

Thank you all! It was fun. It is my desire to spend more time in art with my children. It is something that can be used to glorify our Creator and I think often we can't make a decision that we aren't good at it so we just don't do it. I want my children to be free from that fear and be willing to express themselves through art.


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