Our first-born is an artist. Not in some prodigal/gifted sort of way, but in the passionate-about-life and sees-beauty-in-all-things kind of way.
I noticed it early on with Mary (18-months); her ability to sit and absorb the illustrations and artistry in books, her delight with scribbles and patience with using different media, and her fascination with shapes in the world around her. (She once commented to me that her string cheese looked like a palm tree...can you see it?)
I am not an artist, but I am creative. I sing, I write, I organize like nobody's business, but I cannot draw, paint, or draft. Mary can. Interestingly, she is also good at mathematics; both manipulating numbers and applying geometry (shapes and angles). A woman at a party shared with me that art is seeing shapes in the world. I never see shapes if I don't look for them. Mary sees shapes all of the time; she constantly points out triangles, squares and "diamonds" in the oddest of places. And now when she draws (age 4) I see her applying shapes to her art; they form the foundations of many of her drawings.
I do not know what Mary Catherine will "be" when she grows up, but I do know that whatever she chooses to do she will do with an eye for beauty and a passion for living because that is her personality. Art classes are nice and will certainly be afforded when the timing is developmentally appropriate, but for now Mary Catherine's canvases involve sidewalks, clouds, and lots of drawing paper.
Me: "Tell me about your drawing, Mary."
Mary: "Well it's a crazy slide."
Me: "Wow, that looks like it would be really fun."
Mary: "Yeah, and really scary."
(Drawing completed at preschool on 05/03/09. Weeks theme: oceans)
Me: "Mary, can you tell me about your drawing?" (See answer below)
I definitely seen rainbow water and jelly fish tentacles. Must be a flashback to last summer when mommy and Mary got stung by jelly fish in Gulf Shores.
I just didnt' know what to make of this. Of course, my adult mind immediately thought it was some type of ball or round fruit. Take another look and then study the next picture.
Mary told me that it was a flower basket. I felt so bad for her...I just didn't see it. And then, she pointed to the little garden flag. I was truly amazed. I "see" it!
Various fruits. Banana, "blue melon...hmmmm", strawberry, carrot.
The process of art is just messy!
Okay, I am off to make Cinco de Mayo "hats" with Mary Catherine (thank you, Disney and Handy Manny). Of course she wants to create hats to celebrate a holiday that has nothing to do with her heritage! LOL Now, how to make a party hat...think, think, think. Help...