We gave Miss A a tabletop art easel for Christmas. She loves drawing and painting and has shown quite an artistic inclination and talent from a young age. I love watching her create something from a blank canvas. Unlike her younger siblings, she can sit and focus on one task for a long time. After breakfast she goes straight to the craft tubs and begins drawing. After drawing, she then begins crafting (is that a word?). She will happily build, make and create all day long. She produces about a dozen works of art a day. In fact, we are drowning in her artistic creations, but I can’t bear to discard many.
I love her curiosity, care and quiet patience. I love watching her work; weaving her own narrative around a blob of paint, mosaic or glitter glue. I love her persistence and precision. Most of all I just love watching her eyes as she creates, quietly focussed and determined, blazing with imagination and wonder.
On the weekend I sat and watched (and photographed) her at work. May I present to you: ‘A girl arriving through a blue tunnelled entrance to the beach.’
Mixing and swirling, thinking and imagining…
She can happily sit and do art for hours; her eyes focussed and alive with possibility.
And her painting is complete!
And she’s pretty happy with the finished product. Love her proud smile here!
Do your children enjoy art and craft?