I had fun showing a new group of women at Halton Women’s Place how to create Swirly Trees during a recent art workshop that is part of the Oakville Art Society’s Community Outreach Art Program.
I brought with me two demo paintings that I had done of swirly trees – one a daytime scene with bright sunny colours in the background and the other a nighttime scene with the silhouette of the tree set against the moonlight and stars. They were each given a choice of which scene they would like to create and then given the instructions for each.
In all cases, the women were encouraged to “make it their own” by using colours they loved and any other touches they would like. In painting the moon or sun that goes behind the tree I love to use my fingers to blend the paint and they loved this technique too! I find no matter our age range, it is always incredibly fun to get our hands in the paint!
And the kid in us was also brought out with the use of sparkle glue which many of the women happily incorporated into their mystical trees!
Here are some of their beautiful creations:
For more information about the Oakville Art Society’s Community Outreach Art Program; how to donate; and their upcoming Starry Night Gala, please visit: www.oakvilleartsociety.com/50thgala.html