During the first lockdown (March 2020 in the UK) every week I challenged myself in making at least one abstract drawing using oil pastels.

In those unsettling days I felt the need to unwind by doing something creative to focus on. I chose a form of art that was quick, simple and suitable to do with my children around.

Drawing outside with oil pastels at craftymessymom.com by @marzia_fa

The input for the first drawing came from my daughter’s teacher that suggested to take a look at a famous Kandinsky’s painting: “Squares with concentric circles”.

I recreated it with my little girl using oil colours bought ages ago and never used. I immediately liked those colours for the smooth, buttery texture on paper and their bold and bright tones. After the first drawing, more than fifty followed. Every single drawing (in A4 size) lit up my day! I enjoyed playing with different geometric shapes and colours combinations.

A secret? I always start from red, the beating heart of the drawing.

I let myself be inspired by artists like Paul Klee, Bridget Riley, Frank Stella and Sonia Delaunay.

Many drawings, as you can imagine, have the rainbow as a theme, rendered in different shapes, others are seasons or events related.

A few of them are connected to an international project called “Coronaquilt – an art refugee project” about daily rituals helping to cope with the nasty effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (https://www.artrefuge.org.uk/corona-quilt).

So colourful, they brought so much joy to me that I would like to share them with you: these oil pastels geometric drawings become placemats, bookmarks, calendars and wall compositions that now populate my shop. Just choose the design!

For my latest artworks head over to my artistic accounts on Instagram and Facebook.

Activity for kids – Printable colouring pages

Free your imagination drawing and colouring simple geometric shapes with your children. Or try and ask your child to colour similar geometric figures with the same colour (for example: all squares in green), or to colour the areas labelled with the same number with the same colour (for examples number 1 in yellow), or challenge yourself with symmetry!

Here are three printable colouring sheets (in pdf) you can download.

Printable 1Printable 2Printable 3

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