For some time now I have been asking N. to paint some flowers for me. In the middle of this past winter he agreed to make me a flower painting. I was so happy. We went and bought some canvases. He asked for two in case he made a mistake.
As soon as we arrived home he got to work. I left him alone to paint whatever flowers he wanted to paint. When he told me he was done painting, I went to take a look and I found this painting of money.
He said he didn't really want to paint flowers at that time, but he did want to paint a picture of money for his room.
Later that same day he said he was ready to paint some flowers. He wanted a white background and asked me to paint it, which I did. But perhaps he was not as ready as I'd hoped. This painting says, "I've got to paint something...anything!...to get her off my back."
Uh-huh. I guess it's abstract flowers? He said he wasn't in the mood to paint flowers after all and wanted to do this instead. When I said I'd hoped for flowers, he told me he's an artist and he can't paint things he's not in the mood to paint.
Right. That has been hanging on the wall ever since, which would be fine with me if I felt he'd put effort into it. Though, it does make me smile when I think of him being the temperamental artist.
So this past weekend we had some time alone together while Mark ran in a marathon (he ran in South Bend, IN and completed the race in 3:44!), N. said he was in the mood to paint. Off we went to Michaels to buy a 16 x 20 canvas. This time he had a plan: he wanted yellow flowers and a red background. He asked me to paint the background because it was too boring for him to do.
I love it and it looks even better in person.
Season liked it to. She was very helpful while I was trying to get a photo. It was very gloomy here yesteday, which is why I wasn't taking a photo of it hanging on the wall.
I highly recommend giving your kids a canvas to paint. N. is so proud of his "real artwork" hanging in our house. He feels very grown up being able to paint on a canvas that artists use.
Tomorrow is Bead & Button Show day. Next time I hope to share my bead class project... and additions to my bead stash!