This painting is a collaborative piece with my then 3 year old, Grace, on a 30″ X 40″ canvas using acrylic paints.
I painted the butterfly on the canvas in the first step and covered it with a layer of pink paint, where you could still see the butterfly underneath. Then I let her have it!
I gave her the canvas and put out all the colors on the palette and a few different size brushes and she just went to town! By the end of her work I had a canvas full of bright colors…and done in a free-spirited way that children just naturally can do. I could still see the butterfly underneath her work, and I set about “pulling the butterfly” out while retaining her colors and strokes. The end product became one of my most favorite pieces, and the process was DEFINITELY worth repeating.
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