Painting or other forms of performing art needs practice, practice and even more training by doing. Of course is it important to get some understanding of basic principles, but it is only by doing quality can improve and develop.
Competence = (Knowledge + Skills) x Attitude.
Helene has understood that. She knows by being told (and probably by seeing) that the Rainbow consists of Red (rød), Orange (oransje), Yellow (gul), Green (grøn), Blue (blå), Indigo (indigo) and Violet (fiolett). ROGGBIF we say in Norwegian and help ourself (and children) to remember the sequence. What they do in English speaking countries, I don´t know. They even drop the Indigo. The understanding of colors in nature where the sky is grey or pink (not always blue) and that the sun is necessary for the rainbow to let us see the Visible Spectrum, has already been part of Helene´s competence. The understanding of not mixing colors through used and "dirty" brushes became a quick-fix through making, and even easier when granddad has many of these tools.
Mixing colors (Magenta + white = Pink, and Black + white = Grey) and develop shades through the same process became new knowledge, and developing skill by doing. When finishing her work, it gave a wonderful satisfying return and attitude in her mind. "I have done this Painting - Painting is fun".
The summer holiday for our family living in Wales are soon over. Helene will return to her school, Henrik to his playgroup and the parents back to normal life in the Academic Society.
Thanks for the time spent on "Mormor" and "Bestefar". Hope to se you soon. Take care.