Art was always something that was a big part of my childhood and both our children have demonstrated an interest and real skill in this area. Their dad and uncle are super talented in this space, so coupled with their skills and talents and my ‘can do’ attitude, there are limitless possibilities for our children.
Rarely do I find something that our son commits himself to fully and shows high levels of enthusiasm and enjoyment, so it always warms my heart when I find something that captures his wandering attention. Back at his old school in London, he took part in art therapy and dance therapy to support his learning, as he found the rigidity of class challenging which became more prevalent as he went from junior to senior (primary school). With therapy in mind, I introduced him to the concept of Liquid Art (Drip Painting) and he immediately fell in love with it. I’ve learnt that he has a real eye for complementary colours and the ability to create some truly amazing pieces. We did a few practices on some old canvas we found in the garage (following a day of decluttering). We had some old art that the children created a few years ago when we were in London but we haven’t put them up since we moved to Australia.
The first attempt, we just did the technique over the old pieces. I thought since we were using so much paint the paint at the back would not be visible, but I was wrong. If you look closely at both canvases of our first attempts, below, you would see rays of old paints in certain places, especially the bottom right of both our pieces. But these were our practice runs so no real drama. There were a few more canvases of his old artwork in the garage, so I decided to give them one coat of white paint before recycling (I mean upcycling) them and using them to create a few more masterpieces.
Filled with our newly found confidence, we moved on to the ‘good stuff’. We moved on to brand new canvases and we were ready to do the ‘proper stuff’. We chose to explore different colour mixtures for the second time around and we also adjusted the quantity of paint to see what results we would get.
Like any proud mum, I took photos and sent them to family members and their adoration began to pour in, which is always good for our son as he can be very self-critical. His aunt in London went as far as to ask to buy some of his work. I thought it was just aunty being aunty but came to find out she was actually serious.
Our children have expressed owning their own businesses so the first thing I did was to help him set up an Etsy account just like his sister and now I will help him to create up to 20 pieces to begin with and put them up for sale. Hopefully this will help his entrepreneurial skills.
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