Daddy's Christmas Angel

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mothers, Fathers Please Keep Your Children's Art Work

"A Vision Beyond" MMSikes
This week I'm a guest at Sunny Room Studio. Daisy Hickman's beautiful site is pure poetry and an incredible place to visit. I feel privileged to be there.

When she invited me, I thought I would write about my experiences with creating a Gathering Book--actually many Gathering Books. But then I came across a forgotten portrait I'd painted of our children. That started me to think about how much I loved these portraits and how much they mean to me. They were painted during a time of rushing about, driving children here and there--a time that I did not appreciate then. They were among the first real paintings I ever did. These paintings are my treasures now, and I found I had to write about them instead of the Gathering Books project.

Over the years my painting style has changed. It is different now from when I painted "A Vision Beyond" that was part of my Tropical Fantasies series of work from a few years ago. I don't have any paintings--although I created them--from my childhood. Perhaps that's why I love children's art work, and why I love working with children as they create it. I hope their parents will keep their work and treasure it. Art is special at every age in life.

5 comments:

Marian Allen said...

My husband always kept bunches of the kids' art work. A couple of years ago, he sorted them by child and date, and did a video montage of them with music. It was great to see their progression!

Marian Allen

Monti said...

What an absolutely marvelous idea! Thank you for sharing!

Susanne Drazic said...

I have a large plastic bin full of art work and school papers that my son brought home from school over the years. I went through it recently and the memories it brought back were priceless.

Monti said...

That is wonderful that your kept so much. I don't think all parents appreciate what they have in those precious pieces of art.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Yes, I certainly wish my parents had kept my artworks!