Snatches of time are about all I have for art these days. Beautiful, rejuvenating snatches of time.
This one was a few minutes on the floor, cooing to my son and trying to capture his chubby cheeks on a piece of cardstock.
My goal was to use unlikely colors to express his babyness, keeping it realistic but freeing it to be “sketchy” and unusual.
“He looks so chubby!” you may say.
He is. Especially when he’s lying down.
“He has so much hair!”
Yes he does. We make hairy kids, apparently.
“But he’s BLUE! And pink!”
Obviously not for real, but in my imagination a personality can be a color, and a mood can be a squiggly or straight line.
There he is for real. Normal.
I hope you can tell what mood he was in based on my sketch. Not a perfect representation of his face, but close – and it was so much fun to draw again.
By the way, oil pastels are a mother’s best friend. I don’t have time to lay out all my paints, get messy, clean up, and stash away all those tempting treasures before my toddler can tromp through them and wreak havoc.
But I do have time to grab a pastel and dab on a little texture, capture an eyebrow, or a gleam in his eye.
It all boils down to contrast – to highlights and lowlights…
…especially if you look at it in terms of black and white. Just dark and light values.
Those values could be expressed in ANY color you like. I just grabbed whatever interested me at the moment.
Thus, Quinn appears to be blue, yellow, and pink, with some blended greens and purples showing up by accident.
And why not? I’m glad I had a snatch of time to capture my little boy’s vibrant and serious mood. He won’t be still like this much in the future, when even the camera will have a hard time keeping up.
Love you, Quinn. ~Mommy