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.


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

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

What an absolutely marvelous idea! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous 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.

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes 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!