Saturday, January 9, 2016

Kaylee's Turn!







































I love my fellow blogger-grandma friend, Debra. Each time I post a newborn grandchild announcement, she follows up her warm congratulations with a quip. "Now I suppose we won't see that child again until he/she is old enough to handle a paintbrush!" She calls those caught in the missing years "mystery children!" Oh dear. She's right, you know! Old (-ish!) art teachers never die, they just hang around cribs waiting until that paintbrush-handling day arrives - and then they pounce!

Kaylee, at two and a half years, has actually been painting and drawing for months at home with mommy and daddy. Clearly, this little lady is ready to join grandma's "art club" and expand her horizons beyond the ambitious mixed media "wall mural" she installed at home in the family room! What imagination! :)

We meet once each week for about two hours, just long enough for mommy to grocery shop with little brother. In that time, we finger paint, print with potatoes and practice cutting with scissors. Kaylee points to her paper and tells me where to place each color. Those are vigorously swirled into pleasing shapes and set aside to dry - a process that sometimes requires days to complete!
What talent!

Kaylee's "Purple Turmoil"
(named it and reserved it to buy for myself!) 

Some of Kaylee's work goes home with her, but most of it stays here for awhile. It needs to be matted, dated, and saved for the next cousin-sponsored Family Art Show and Sale. Those are strung any time an audience gathers. All it takes is a length of clothesline and a handful of clips! Adoring relatives supply everything else our eight little artists need (purchasing power and profuse compliments!).
What entrepreneurial spirits!







I've got another stash going, too. Just for this year. Each month I'll select a representative piece for a home made calendar that will become mommy and daddy's Christmas 2016 gift. We'll include photos too, recording both artistic and physical growth that's bound to see enormous strides in each of these areas!
What a year it's going to be!

18 comments:

  1. Good morning, you are a wonderful, fun grandma! Kaylee is adorable and I love her pretty artwork. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. She's adorable, I love her work, and making a calendar of the artist and the work is a wonderful idea!

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  3. Obviously your Kaylee is blessed with her grandma's talent. Such a sweet granddaughter you have there and what an inspired idea to collect all the beautiful artworks and make them into a calendar.

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  4. OH so sweet. What a wonderful grandma you are. I love the calendar idea. Ben and I made one of his dog and cat this year and all the families got one - it was great fun - we'll start earlier this year so we aren't sweating it at the deadline when the special of 7.99 a calendar goes up to 19.99 a calendar. Of course Grammy would still have ordered all 9 calendars - but she'd much rather pay the lesser price. LOL

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  5. Oh Joyce you better have this photo of her printed and put it in the art show as well...just gorgeous!

    She's adorable / makes me want to finger paint right now!

    BUT my fingers are used for other things today...the puppy's here and he likes to chew on me ha ha

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  6. She is so pretty and she is going to have so much fun with her Grandma! You really are lucky to be blessed with so many grandchildren! Thanks for sharing them with us! Another budding artist!

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  7. What a great idea about making a calendar. My artwork just graces the front of my refrigerator!

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  8. This is such a wonderful idea! Kaylee is so beautiful. She looks serious about her artwork. Love it

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  9. Oh wow, I love your ideas - the family art show and sale, the art inspired calendar gift. As an art teacher I know exactly what you mean about waiting for that moment you can bring out the paints and make art.

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  10. Thank you so much for your visit. All prayers are welcome. You granddaughter is precious. I need to get rid of some of my art work too. Given away all that family will take. I am so glad I found your blog.

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  11. A homemade calendar is such a good idea! It is something the parents will treasure forever!

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  12. what a great idea for your grands art work. All of ours live at least 5 hours away so whenever we are together we always work on some art project. Sometimes I am just out of the car and not into the house yet and a little one says OMA OMA what is our art project? I love that. It is such wonderful memory making time in the art process as well as the heart. Those are the most precious of times. Enjoy enjoy enjoy

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  13. You paint with here because you are the talented Grandma, but could I please just sit in a rocker with her on my lap and read to her? Would she let me get a few squeezes, hugs and smooches in? At her age, she just is the cutest little girl. I miss having a little girl. :-)

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  14. Kaylee is just precious, my friend :) Your are such a beautiful grandmother and every time I visit your blog you inspire me to do more with my son. Bless you, my friend.

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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  15. I'm visiting from Stephanie's blog party. Kaylee is adorable! I'm a nana too. A grandson that is almost 4 and a granddaughter that is 2 months.

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  16. Oh my goodness, what fun! I love that they do an art show and sale! I am sure they love every second of it.

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  17. Another lucky grandchild old enough to join the fun! Lucky grandma!

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