Over the past few months, artist Ruth Oosterman has been turning her 2-year-old daughter Eve’s pen doodles into breathtaking watercolor paintings. From Eve’s seemingly abstract sketches, Ruth converts the shapes into pictures like only a mother can.

The whimsical results come from an astoundingly cute collaborative process between mother and daughter, as Ruth not only gets inspiration from what Eve creates, but also taking occasional verbal cues from the 2-year-old. So what exactly inspired “The Mischievous Mommy” to do such a project?

“Now that my little girl is two years old, her interest in all things art has skyrocketed, especially when she sees me painting,” Ruth recalls. “As she gets older I look forward to collaborating with her on many projects, but until then I’ve decided to see what I can create with some of her many sketches.”

Ruth also explains that Eve’s drawings are entirely her own. “The sketch is completely her own with no instruction given from me, I simply use her creativity to inspire me to create a painting,” she affirms.

Ruth also reveals that the project contributes something else entirely for her. “I try to work quickly and let imagination and play take root into the painting rather than taking it to seriously, this way I can encourage Eve’s contribution without making it too ‘grownup,’” she tells. “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.”

Here’s a video Ruth made recently:

Here are more pictures of the paintings, as first conceived by Eve and then added onto by Ruth:












If you enjoyed these, visit Ruth’s website or see the project videos on her YouTube page.