Wednesday, November 21, 2018

An artist is born

Peanut's original art smock.

I am constantly cleaning out bins. I know this is normal for most parents - kids accumulate tons of stuff! My artsy kid has a bin for every art and craft supply imaginable. Nowadays, she uses very little of it. Craft kits sit half finished. Perler beads remain in their containers unused. The model magic and sculpey no longer squish. Not all of this excess is completely her fault, though. Homeschooling adds to the chaos - the same bins that hold supplies that Peanut once needed also hold leftovers from projects that have long since hit the recycling bin. In an attempt to be frugal, I hold on to this stuff in case another project comes along that needs this stuff.

During our home reno this past summer, I lost my frugality and started cleaning out bins with a vengeance. Still, much of it ended up in our storage unit because I ran out of time. At least a bin is easy to move and means the contents are contained. Wombat and I have started cleaning out the storage unit, so I am back to my big clean out.

A couple of weeks ago, I inventoried the paint bin since this is something both Peanut and I use. We have one bin full of paint and another full of supplies such as palettes, brushes, sponges, etc. I found the above smock at the very bottom of this bin. We bought it for The Peanut when she was a toddler just before heading to our first Mommy and Me class at the Worcester Art Museum.

That first class started what looks to be life long love affair with art for Peanut. She still takes classes at the museum and also studies with an art teacher that works with our homeschool group.  Peanut's future plans include double majoring in art/animation and astronomy when it's time to head to college. Then she hopes to score a job at Pixar or NASA. We have some time yet before that decision needs to be finalized. In the meantime, we get the pleasure of watching her grow and learn as an artist.

Abstract Galaxies - Nebula (c) 2018
Her love of astronomy factors heavily into many of the pieces that she creates. We recently experimented with a new (to us) painting technique. Her goal was to make the outcome look like a fantasy space scene.  I think she did a great job. Here's one of her Abstract Galaxies, "Nebula" - now in digital format. We are slowly adding her series to her store. Wombat and I are also seeing what we can do integrate these images into his store - these would make beautiful book covers.  Stay tuned - he and I are working out the logistics on that.

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An artist is born

Peanut's original art smock. I am constantly cleaning out bins. I know this is normal for most parents - kids accumulate tons of st...