We have a clothesline in our hallway where we hang Pia’s artwork, but she had been going through a painting dry spell and the pieces in the gallery hadn’t changed in a while. So, to inspire the little artist I hung up some pictures from a favorite book of ours, “Mr. Gumpy’s Outing” by John Burningham (I adore John Burningham, and not just because he is English and wrote a book called “Courtney”). She quickly noticed the change in artwork on the line, and asked what they were. I told her they were pictures of a rabbit, a sheep and a cat and asked if she would like to paint her own sheep, rabbit and cat. She eagerly dusted off the paints and went to work. Next to the rabbit print is Pia’s “Rabbit Standing Up” and next to the sheep print is “Sheep and Sheep Footprints”. Such fun. I think I will do a similar thing in a week or two but ask if she can paint a picture with the same colors as the inspiration print.
artist in residence