Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mother daughter side by side art

Bea's + Ines' entry

A while back I subscribed to Big Kids Magazine, it's a bi-annual magazine for kids. Its editor is eight years old! Made in Australia and sold in several countries, I believe.

This magazine is choc full of inspiring artwork made by some very talented little people. Many of the artworks are side by sides, an artist responding to a child's artwork. I think this is a wonderful way to really give children's art recognition and a platform with which to really celebrate their creativity.

I am always just blown away by the magazine, It has been well read and looked at this last week. Beatrix, my eleven year old, and I were inspired to create our own side-by-side artwork. When I saw what she came up with I was really impressed and I knew immediately what I wanted to have as my side.

She went off to bed and I sat there feeling excited but afraid of ruining her work. That pattern on the sort-of-kimono is just gorgeous, I thought could I do her justice? I know she enjoyed seeing my response and was intrigued by how I came to use the bird.

I think we will do a few more of these, I really enjoyed it.

If you'd like to subscribe here is the link link again.

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  1. What a fabulous idea and such a beautiful picture.

    Nina x

  2. I love your response - it makes the drawing dynamic. I can understand your hesitation in drawing next to your daughter's half - the patterns and colour combination are truly lovely and work well together. It's a great idea and wonderful record for the future.

  3. Wow! Thats amazing and what a great way to connect with your daughter....
    Imagination at it's best. Very creative and inspiring. You both have quite a talent there.
    Thanks for the link to The Big Kids Magazine, a great tool I could use in this house for some extra inspiration for my teens... :)
    Thanks for sharing..

  4. Thanks for posting this! its wonderful.
    I love your combined artwork. So special. I already want to see more