The photo above is a snippet of an art journal entry. You can see the seam of the journal in the photograph. It is one of my favorite paintings. Why?
This painting was based on a simple afternoon when I was a child. I must have been about 4 or 5 years old. My mother told me that my neighbor was sick. As many youngsters would, I felt compassion for my neighbor…I knew how aweful one felt when sick. So outside I went (back then, and in the area I grew up, that was not uncommon to go out to play without your parents watchful eye), over to the wildflower patch to pick some flowers to give to my sick neighbor.
This was a story that stands out to me because I didn’t give it much thought to do something like that, I didn’t ask permission, and I just did it. If only everything in life were that easy and carefree!
Your assignment: Think about a story from your childhood that stands out in your mind. Use that as inspiration to paint your picture. What was it about that story that stands out? The scenery, the people, the weather, the animals, your feelings? Whatever seems most important about that story, make it stand out. For example, in my story it was the freedom, compassion and flowers (so I made sure I painted wildflowers, and not shown here are the big eyes which represent the compassion).
Karen Pruzansky, Multi-Media Artist