Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Unwrapping Imagination

There's nothing like a clean sheet of white to chase away those cooped up, crumbs-on-the-couch days.

We cue up our favorites (This song for Ruby, this for Calvin, and this for Mommy) and gather where the light is best.

Late afternoon rays illuminate our makeshift studio.

We take up our brushes - some frazzled and in disrepair, bristles splayed, weak and wobbly-kneed, others tapered smooth and fine, the silky end of a cat's tail.

The magic spreads as color on the page. A circle loses its way and becomes a zucchini, or maybe an eggplant - bright green. Accidental vegetation inspires a super-sized snow pea, the errant liquid drop of black landing just where it should.

I don't know much about technique and form. I don't know anything, really.

But when I take the time to notice beauty around a humble table marked with faint reminders of yesterday's color, and today's; when we learn together that there are some moments which carry no rule book; when I teach my kids that recording life is one way of honoring it, I am an artist.

tuesdays unwrapped at cats

27 comments:

  1. I almost wrote today about how I was an absolute failure in doing art with my kids. So happy to see someone doing it right, doing it well.

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  2. I adore my boys' artwork. ADORE! and its amazing to see the difference from month to month - yesterday he was drawing on a little scratch pad and he is now putting eyes and a mouth on little circles....stinkin' adoreable.

    Happy Day, The Lady of the House

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  3. What a lovely post! And such a soothing activity! I love that you did it too.

    Will you show us how you display your kids' art work? Pretty please? :)

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  4. Wonderful! I think I may be inspired for a bit of afternoon painting!

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  5. Not only are you an artist, you are an art teacher my friend!

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  6. Makes me want to drag out the paper and paints. It's a rainy day here today - the perfect time. You are an artist!

    Your playlists made me happy. I have to drag out the Rich Mullins CD's now. The lyrics to the song Blink was one of the last posts on my friend Joy's blog. So that song for the last month has really spoken to me.

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  7. I could read your writing all day. How do you do that? Will you give me life noticing, documenting lessons? Seriously.

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  8. Lovely post and lovely paintings! I stopped by from Tuesdays Unwrapped.

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  9. You ARE an artist! I would happily buy that from you and hang it in my house. Lovely! And love that you are encouraging an creative spirit in your littles. What a gift to them!

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  10. I love this! I can't wait till my little guy can use paints. We attempted crayons for the first time this month.

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  11. impressive job on the flowers! yes maam. what a great way to spend some time together with your kiddos!

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  12. Not much is better than fresh paint, perfectly imperfect by kid or mom!

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  13. Let's play shall we? I'll come over with my paint and brushes and we'll dribble happiness on paper and eat salsa and guac and talk about the garden and the weather and then we'll take a nap. Divine!

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  14. p. sers' Thanks for all the comments yesterday. I waited all day for them and you didn't disappoint.

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  15. Love little kids artwork. Wished you lived closer, we would have you over for art, bug finding and lots of fun!

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  16. I think you are an artist and the pen is your brush, and the blog your empty canvas.

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  17. Every single one is a true work of art, Farmgirl. Just lovely. You're such a good mama.

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  18. Look at you guys. I would have loved being there for craft day:) All of them are perfect!

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  19. Beautifully and eloquently said, my sweet friend.You're teaching your kids the most important thing you can...life is the masterpiece created in moments.

    I might need some Shannan flower loveliness in my kitchen (hint, hint)....


    ox
    Lara

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  20. Hi there,

    I found you via Emily's site, and I loved this post. I loved the simple reminder of beauty, and I love what you wrote at the end about what an artist really is.

    Beautifully written.

    I'll be back to visit again . . .

    Love from here,

    Laura

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