Just as spring was arriving in March, we celebrated the new season at the Women’s Shelter by painting a variety of Swirly Trees.
The lesson was adapted by a really fantastic demo by Heather’s Hobby (www.heathershobby.com), and also inspired by the wide variety of swirly trees and Tree of Life motifs be found in many cultures. I thought that the demo was really appropriate for the season as the trees look like they are just about to burst with life and are a great symbol of new beginnings.
I gave the women some basic instruction on how I completed my painting by giving some tips on blending and materials as some of the women had not painted before. I also asked them to put their own personal spin on the subject matter by creating a scene inspired by their imagination and to include whatever they’d like – it could be daytime or nighttime and they could use any colours they wanted as it didn’t need to be based on reality.
Although several of the women had never picked up a brush before, all of them ended up creating some really beautiful and imaginative paintings! It is always a pleasure to introduce a topic to them and see all the unique ways that they each interpret it.
Here are some samples of their work: