Inspired {Laurel Burch}

As soon as I saw the art of
Laurel Burch 
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 
and I even joined in on the fun!

I hope this post inspires you to learn more about Laurel Burch,
she was an amazing woman and artist!



  1. I love those cats! What a beautiful job she did!I love how much care she took with each part.

    I also love watching kids get lost in the process - when we painted pumpkins at Halloween one weekend this past fall, D got so caught up in mixing colours that he just painted the whole canvas orange.

    1. I love your story about your son painting the whole canvas orange. I have several canvases that are just swirled colors, they're some of my favorite pieces :)

  2. Joyce ChildhoodBeckonsTuesday, January 22, 2023

    I absolutely love this series and I'm so glad to see another post. I love that you are capturing their artistic abilities as they grow. All of the paintings are wonderful! And miss C's are completely impressive!

    1. I love this series too. I can't believe I took such a long break from it!

  3. Wow! Beautiful job!
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    1. Thank you Barbara!

  4. Ann @ My Nearest and DearestTuesday, January 22, 2023

    What an inspiring artist!
    The girls did a lovely job. :)

    1. Thank you Ann, we felt very inspired by Laurel Burch :)


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