“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once she grows up.”
― Pablo Picasso
My grand-daughter is seven and has been an avid art student since she first painted an epic battle scene between dots, circles, and lines on my living room wall at one year old. She is a fifth generation student of the Garden of Darkness and Light. Her grand parents have immersed her in music, art, writing, math, science, and literature.
Her first negative frowny-face on her school report card from the teacher stated Kimora often reads books above her level in class and this just will not do. So now she and I sit endless hours and read to each other until our imagination calls us to the art studio to pour our visions on black and white velvet paper we found on a lower shelf at our local Super Wally World store. The raised black velvet outlines help train the wee ones to stay in the lines and covers any small mishaps in eye-hand coordination – mostly grandpa’s.
We color together on the same sheet, all the while discussing strategies for colors and workload balancing. Mostly, I follow directions dictated in a firm voice with eyes glistening from all the energy expended in that glowing mind. Her piercing gazes at my unsteady hands tell of her disapproval of my hiding all the variations of pink markers. Pink is her favorite color and often the paintings are only a monochromatic shade of pink which she adores and glues to her bedroom wall with my industrial strength glue gun.
This new genre of paintings was inspired by Debra over at images + words from bluerock. Kimora and I spent a great deal of time looking at Debra’s ink sketches and paintings. But it doesn’t stop there. Her website is a gallery of art, images, music and stories. And now I come to the point of all this. Debra’s time spent sharing her gift with us has captivated Kimora’s imagination and motivated her to try her own hand at creation and sharing. I am just the old wizard that makes art supplies magically appear in the shopping cart at the checkout counter. The true artists that share their passion on WordPress are the stewards of countless readers that look in wonder and dream of creating and sharing their work too.
Visit us again when you can. I’ll be introducing other artists that share the greatest gift humanity has left for us and yet unborn generations – the arts and literature.