Art has been a part of my life forever. I grew up sketching and drawing… eventually evolved into charcoal and a little water color. Finally ended up immersed in the darkroom and photography. To this day, my college art thesis is one of the best things I have ever accomplished.
I want my kids to have things like that in their lives… things that brings them joy, grows to help define them and give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. I don’t really care what those things end up being for them, but I am not going to lie… I would be very excited if one of them became an artist.
Nora has thus far not shown a very strong interest in the whole art thing. She does not even really like coloring books. When she does do “art” she often colors or stamps a small part of the paper and moves on. Meredith seems to enjoy the act of coloring a little more, which is ironic because she is proving to be slow in actually learning which color is which. But, the other day Nora painted this:
She had a whole story about it. The thing in the bottom left hand corner is a snail – a pretty good one too if I do say so myself. I think the dots behind it were lily pads or stepping stones or something along those lines. I love that she used so much color. And that she used the whole page. And that there was a creative plan behind what she did. I love that it’s official art.
She may not become an artist or even end up getting the joy from art that I do, but that won’t stop me from savoring this particular creation as much as I can.