An Artist And Her Three-Year-Old Daughter Team Up To Create Spectacular Paintings

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Creating art by yourself is great — but sometimes, a little collaboration can go a long way, especially if you find yourself needing a fresh perspective.

That’s something that artist Ruth Oosterman knows well. She’s been making art since before her daughter, Eve, was born — and as soon as 2-year-old Eve started showing an interest in art, Ruth took her under her wing.

Now almost 4-years-old, Eve has been collaborating with her mother for about a year, and their paintings have been evolving as they grow as artists.

Typically, Eve will use watercolors or felt-tip pen to make some abstract marks on the paper.

As a toddler without any creative hang-ups, Eve just paints as she feels — like these two little musicians who rock out with confidence.

Then Ruth adds in detail, giving it form and structure. The result is a beautiful, colorful project shared by mom and daughter.

Take a look, and see if you know anyone you might like to collaborate with!

(H/T: BoredPanda)

Ruth and her daughter, Eve, now 3-years-old, spend quality time by creating beautiful original artwork.

Eve first became interested in art at age two, especially after watching Ruth, an artist herself, painting.

Their collaborations started with Eve scribbling with a marker on some paper, and then Ruth would fill it in with color and create an image.

She used Eve’s lines to inspire her.

As Eve got older, they branched out into watercolors. Again, Eve would start with some non-representational forms, and Ruth would coax an image out of them.

Depending on the colors and shapes, Ruth creates all kinds of imaginative images.

Eve creates the initial images all on her own. Ruth says that she does not give her any instruction or suggestions. They’re all Eve.

She also tries to work quickly, as, she says, overthinking it makes things too serious and “grownup,” and to make sure Eve’s contribution shines through.

They still use markers sometimes, too.

Ruth says that painting with Eve helps her to be more creative and spontaneous, and helps her see things in a new way.

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,” she told BoredPanda. 


Collaborating with someone else (even someone your own age!) can help you see things in a new light, or interpret information in a way you wouldn’t normally.

It’s a bit like being abel to see through someone else’s eyes!

Like her mom, Eve is fascinated by art, and she’s growing her talent more and more each day.

Now that she’s a bit older, Ruth and Eve have taken to painting at the same time, so that one person’s brushstrokes can inform the other, and create a truly unified piece of art.

This painting was created by the two of them using watercolors.

To see how they made this beautiful piece, be sure to watch the video above!

Eve has become such an accomplished artist, she even has her own at-home gallery, just like mom’s.

Check out Ruth’s blogFacebookEtsy, and YouTube channel for more of her and Eve’s artwork.

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