Ruth & Eve


Artistic collaborations can happen in unexpected ways—just ask Ruth Oosterman. She has found a unique, creative partnership with her 3-year-old daughter, Eve. Together, they produce beautiful works of art. Through Eve’s vivid imagination and Oosterman’s talent, the colorful paintings are a mix of unrestrained creativity and small, intricate details. The Toronto-based mom calls the ongoing project Collaborations with my Toddler.

Together, they produce beautiful works of art that display both the vibrant, unrestrained creativity of a child and intricate details that could only be done by a talented artist. The tag-team style paintings are often started by Eve who doodles on paper with a pen or paint. Then Oosterman takes the lead, transforming the abstract marks into animals, landscapes, or portraits. With both of their contributions visible, the results reinforce the idea that two heads are better than one.

For Oosterman, the artistic journey is more important than the final product. “Through collaborating with Eve, she is teaching me how to paint all over again,” she writes on her website. “I treasure this bonding experience more than words can express.”

For more Oosterman Mother – Daughter collaborations:  Ruth Oosterman



  1. What a brilliant, inspired idea!

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  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Oosterman Mother – Daughter collaborations” ….

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  3. Fantastic!

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  4. It’s so beautiful, I love it David! ❤
    Diana xo

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  5. freddiegeorgia says:

    How brilliant and lovely! sharing…

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  6. Fab.U.Lous!

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  7. P.S. A very happy Mother’s Day to Susan!!

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  8. Someone once told me, when I first became a mother, almost 20 years ago, “Get on your knees, to their eye level when you talk to your children.”
    She was an elderly nurse teaching me how to breastfeed my first born.
    She also told me that for a very long time I’ll have to learn to speak and practice their ways of expression.

    For 3 years my parents in law lived with us. The ONE time my father-in-law ever felt the need to pull me to the side and bring something serious to my attention was when my youngest was 5.
    His words still ring loud in my ears,
    “You’ve been at work all day, I know you have a lot to do, your 5 year old has been chasing you around the house since you got back, get down and look into her eyes, that’s all she wants, look into her eyes, let her soul say what ever it’s in need of saying to yours”

    I did stop everything, I got on the floor, looked into her eyes, she didn’t say much, but then she went in peace, still close enough.

    Happy Mother’s Day to your beautiful Susan and every precious mother in your life.

    Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  9. Wow! Love it.

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  10. Wonderful idea! Eve is very talented already and together they make beautiful art. 🙂

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  11. Incredibly creative! Incredibly inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  12. The inspiration of love and colorful imaginations! Such a special website. Thank you!

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