Yesterday I took my daughter to Micheal's so we could get our craft on. Together we decided it would be the most fun to create an acrylic painting on canvas. You may remember my big aspirations to create a canvas based on a beautiful piece of scrapbook paper I found. If not, you can read 'til your hearts content here.
So we each got our supplies and while I painted the grey background colour Livi started sketching her picture.
Umm, is it just me or is she a teensy bit ahead of me? Let's just say the evening of craft and merriment ended quite a bit sooner than I expected. Livi finished her complete art project as I sat and waited for the grey paint to dry.
Fast forward to today. Here is 10-year-old child's art project.
Here is significantly older mother's grey canvas. What you can't see is that I have sketched the pattern very lightly onto 1/4 of the canvas. This took one hour and coincided with the realization that this was going to have to go into the Never-To-Be-Completed file. The amount of detail in this piece is staggering and while I think I could draw it with pencils I don't think I could draw and then paint this on canvas in a way that would warrant the trillions of hours required.
* Just because something looks pretty does not mean we should try to replicate it.
* Kids don't spend hours obsessing over the right colour, the right canvas or the right paint. They get out their supplies and they do it. I need to be more like a kid sometimes.
* If you're planning on doing something with a kid you better pay attention and get it done. Otherwise you'll eat dust as they leave you behind.