Gustav Klimt's Tree of Life has captivated my attention since I first saw it.
I love the lines of the branches - the feeling of movement and growth.
They kind of remind me of the wind in Van Gogh's Starry Night (my favourite painting).
Spring has sprung here, and our trees are in blossom. I can see the blossoms of my neighbour's cherry tree through my living room window. I love the blossoms on the trees, and floating down the the ground when the wind pulls them away from the tree. I love the tiny little bright green leaves. I love the promise of growth.
Mr Klimt trees and Spring. Seems like an art project that was meant to be.
I always check with experts before starting an art project.
Through their advice, we painted the tree gold instead of having a gold background.
We watched a video of a 6 year old drawing a Mr Klimt tree. She was our inspiration.
Like her, we decided that we should use an ipad to look at the original for inspiration.
As one girl was getting ready to paint, she said: This is a job that needs focusing. And focus they did. Up curls. Down curls. Check the picture on the ipad. A bit more paint. Talk with a friend about an idea.
Artists at work.
I was thinking that we would pinky paint on spring blossoms. A mom from the class had a better idea. She game me a bag of cloth scraps that were perfect colours for Tree of Life life. I cut them into a bunch of different shapes.
The kidlets added them to their trees. They were so thoughtful and intentional.
And their Trees of Life look fabulous.
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happy painting and creating.