Jessica’s Introduction to Painting
Jessica was introduced to painting as a hobby, something to occasionally help keep her occupied. Painting then turned into her own form of therapy when I offered to let her paint one day while she was upset.
Jess picks the colors she wants to use, then she chooses a brush from a wide assortment of types and sizes.
She decides on her subject then names each picture. Her first few included ‘Ocean with Flowers’, ‘Big Pink Flower’, and ‘Slumber Party with Chocolate Cake’.
We started with watercolors because I had the paint and watercolor paper on hand.
Watercolors turned out to be a challenge because the colors aren’t bright enough on the paper. She needs high contrast because of her cortical vision impairment.
After a few sessions, an adjustment was in order. She switched to acrylics, got some brushes to call her own, and a container to organize her supplies. I also added a table top easel because she can see best when things are at eye level.
The easel is adjustable so we tried tilting it at different levels.
She prefers for it to be almost vertical. The acrylics are working better because of the vivid colors and contrasts.
Her latest art was for Aunt Danna, so she painted with Big Orange.
Now, when Jess is stuck on something that is upsetting her, I can ask if she wants to paint and she answers yes. She can connect her subject matter to whatever she has on her mind and talk about it while she paints.
I now have a long-term goal to set up her own art station. Then, we can leave her supplies out and she can paint more independently and more often.