If you have a toddler, you no doubt have dozens of pieces of papers with indecipherable scribbles and sketches littered throughout your home. A Canadian mum turns these primitive first drawings into the most beautiful collaborative artworks with her daughter, and the results are stunning.
Artist Ruth Oosterman has turned her talents to transforming her daughter Eve’s sketches into unique artwork – releasing her own inner child in the process. Her daughter recently turned four, but she’s been collaborating with her on art projects since she was a toddler.
Ruth explains, “The sketch is completely her own with no instruction given from me, I simply use her creativity to inspire me to create a painting. I try to work quickly and let imagination and play take root into the painting rather than taking it too seriously, this way I can encourage Eve’s contribution without making it too ‘grownup'”.
Here’s a look at how The Red Boat (above) was created:
In the two years since Ruth and Eve started collaborating, the pair have developed an incredible artistic affinity, with Eve now progressing to water colours. Their latest collaboration, Princess and the Pea, is superb.
“This is by far one of my most favourite collaborations with Eve and not just because it is fairy tale related. Collaborating with anyone, especially a child, can be incredibly difficult when it comes to maintaining the perfect balance of mutual input. Eve and I had been talking about the fairy tale, ‘Princess and the Pea’ earlier in the day and by the time we got to painting she had decided to paint the rainbow bed,” Ruth says.
Here’s a look at how this piece came together:
Ruth explains that while these art sessions help Eve expand her creativity, they also help Ruth develop as an artist: “As Pablo Picasso said it can take ‘but a lifetime to paint like a child’. I feel so blessed that my daughter can remind me once again what it is to paint like a child by letting me see through her eyes.”
This seems like the perfect rainy day activity to try with your toddler – even if you’re not artistically inclined. Your child will think the end result is amazing, regardless.