As soon as I saw the art of
I knew she would be the next artist in our
To introduce the girls to Laurel Burch we viewed the gallery on her website
and searched for videos on YouTube where you can find a couple interviews with her.
Let me tell you,
she was inspiring!
A single mother of two, she started off by making jewelry from found objects and then soon moved on to painting.
She was completely self taught and worked diligently on her art even though she had Osteopetrosis which caused her bones to break easily.
She even painted with her left hand while her right arm was broken!
Our favorite Burch paintings were her cat paintings,
so we gave them a try.
First the girls drew their cats in pencil.
At 5 years old, Miss C can pretty much draw what she sees in her head
At 3 years old, Little A knows what she wants to draw and can tell me what she's drawing,
but is just now getting a handle on the shapes.
After drawing their cats they chose their own bright colors of acrylics
and began painting.
This is where Little A veered from the cat path and got lost in the painting
(which I love)
C painted her cats carefully,
she noticed while looking at Laurel Burch's paintings that she used a lot of stripes and dots.
Once the paint was dry,
C used a silver metallic Sharpie to outline her paintings
and add other details like shapes, lines, and dots
Here are Miss C's finished paintings
and Little A's painting
I hope this post inspires you to learn more about Laurel Burch,
she was an amazing woman and artist!