Build an Artist

BeFunky_003katpaintingMy 7-year-old granddaughter presented me with this wonderful watercolor painting. Her mother told me that Kat had labored over it for a long time.

According to the artist, it is a self-portrait in a green field on a sunny day. She added a flock of crows for her bird-loving grandmother. As she explored the watercolor medium, her smile “bled” downward. Kat’s mom told me that she was not at all discouraged by that event. As all artists do, she embraced the “accident” and exclaimed, “I like that. Now, my clothes look brighter.”

Katherine had originally planned to give her masterpiece to me for my birthday but April would be just too long to wait. I will be buying a frame for my Kat Original this weekend and have already reserved a spot to display it above our TV. Of course, I insisted that she sign and date her work.

The sparkle in her eyes is something that I’ll never forget. She gasped when I showed her where her work would hang. This reminded me of how important it is to marvel at the artwork kids produce. First, it’s just plain beautiful. Secondly, it is the building of an artist … our way of showing them how wonderfully unique and precious artistic expression is.

The TV show Everybody Loves Raymond was a comedy that drew its humor from poking fun at a family’s “dysfunctional” moments. I noticed one thing, that I hope you will look for, if you had not already noticed. Children’s drawings were framed and displayed on the walls of their home. I loved seeing that and this blog post seemed a good place to bring that up. 🙂

11 thoughts on “Build an Artist

  1. P.S. I Love Soap Co. 02/01/2013 / 3:49 pm

    She’s a fine artist!:)

    • Susan 02/01/2013 / 7:31 pm

      At the very least, she feels like one and that feels pretty good. Thanks.

      • P.S. I Love Soap Co. 02/02/2013 / 8:07 am

        I loved her painting:)

  2. Strawberryindigo 02/01/2013 / 5:02 pm

    What a beautiful piece of art that shows the lovely spirit of the young artist. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Susan 02/01/2013 / 7:32 pm

      It was my grandmotherly prideful pleasure. Thanks for stopping by. 😉

  3. Jamie Dedes 02/01/2013 / 8:40 pm

    I still have all my (now 40 year-old-son) craft and art projects from school – some are even still on display – and I found my still in my mother’s closet after she died.
    Important traditions …

    • Susan 02/02/2013 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Jamie…It is a Mom thing for sure. I keep a box of day care friends’ artwork too. Have to hide it from my husband who considers me a borderline hoarder. 😉

      • Jamie Dedes 02/02/2013 / 10:54 pm

        You know I couldn’t resist commenting on this one. 🙂
        Best wishes – however belated – for 2013.

      • Susan 02/03/2013 / 8:28 am

        Thank-you and right back to you!

  4. Paula Kuitenbrouwer 02/02/2013 / 7:55 am

    “As all artists do, she embraced the “accident” and exclaimed, “I like that. Now, my clothes look brighter.”

    I don’t know if all artists appreciate accidents and thereby showing love for emerging events and spontaneous creativity. But Kat did and that is what matters.
    You’re a good grandma to frame her delightful work!

    • Susan 02/02/2013 / 7:00 pm

      Those crows were a lovely touch too. Thanks Paula.

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