Hello! My name is Nadene Esterhuizen and I live on a remote mountain farm in South Africa (follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!). I am a farmer’s wife, a homesteader, and a homeschooling mom, and I love to inspire and encourage other homeschooling parents on my blog, which you can visit by clicking here! I love being creative and regularly participate in sketch and doodle challenges, but don’t consider myself an artist, and I am truly humbled to be asked to be a guest artist on Doodlewash today.
When I was quite young, my parents bought me an oil-paint-by-numbers kit and my love for art was birthed there and then. Later I studied teaching, specializing in art and taught art to middle schoolers for 10 years. I painted all the school plays’ backdrops and designed pen and ink sketches for school brochures and church magazines.
Once I had my first child, I became a stay-at-home-mom and began homeschooling, following a rich, Fine Arts approach created by Charlotte Mason. Art appreciation lessons became a regular feature in our week and over the years we have studied most of the famous, Impressionist and contemporary artists. I share our art appreciation activities and lessons on my blog.
We also joined Sketch Tuesday years ago, and this enabled me to set aside time for regular sketching and painting with my children. Sitting quietly sketching and painting is so enjoyable. Over the years, I have tried different methods and approaches, but find that I have developed a pen and wash style that I enjoy most.
Because we paint often, I have found that my children (now young adults and teens) have become confident and very creative artists and there is scarcely a day that goes by where someone isn’t doodling, sketching or painting in our home. (They helped select their favourite sketches from my sketchbooks for this guest post!)
We love stationery and art materials! My favourite gift to myself was a little LUKAS Aquarell Studio watercolour set and quality brushes I bought for my birthday this year. I love my Kuretake water brushes and Rotring pencil. We all make our own little travel notebooks and watercolour sets, and we share our collection of quality watercolour pencils, chalk and oil pastels.
We are all born with a gift of creativity in some form, and it is a joy and privilege to paint, draw, sew, craft, sing, make music, build, garden, or create, whether we ever become professional artists or not! So don’t compare yourself with others. Simply be inspired by others, but create and find your own artistic “voice” and grow in creativity.