Thursday, April 8, 2010

There is art in all of us

In the absence of a current project to share (unless you want to see my nice clean laundry) I thought I would tell you about a sunshiny day last April.

My youngest son and his wife life in Minneapolis, so I don't get to see him as often as I would like. Well, even if he lived within a few miles of my house I probably would like to see him more often, you moms know how that goes. Anyway. . . 

His lovely wife had plans one day, so my son called and said he wanted to spend the day with his mom doing something fun. Be still, my heart! We brainstormed a bit and thought about visiting thrift stores, maybe a museum, but nothing quite fit the bill. Then. . .

Jamie decided he wanted to paint a picture. Well, I was a high school artist (a few decades ago) and Jamie's last forays into the art world were probably in middle school. But hey, neither of us are the type to let minor details stop us.

So after buying a set of acrylic paints and a couple of canvases, we were all set.


As you can see, we set up professional-type easels. Since it was a bit windy that day, we used a couple of rocks to keep our canvases upright. Plastic plates served as palettes. Our subject matter was the field across the road -- a view we had seen day after day and never really looked at or appreciated.


For a couple of untrained painters with nothing but heart, we were pretty proud of the results. Both of our paintings hang in our homes and serve as a sweet reminder of a special mommy/son day. 


8 comments:

ivoryspring said...

Sue, that is absolutely SWEET!!!!! What a special and memorable day. You are blessed to have such a thoughtful son.

P. said...

That is so wonderful you got to spend real quality time with him doing something fun and out of the ordinary! You raised a very caring (not to mention artistic) son.

concretenprimroses said...

Lovely story. What a great thing to do together.
Kathy

Pokey said...

Boy, these days, laundry counts as a Finish! I like the paintings, and what a memory you've both shared. Hang them in a special place, and smile
:-} pokey

Janean said...

sue, first of all jamie is movie-star handsome. he takes after his mom!

secondly, your story tugged at my heart strings as a mom of a married son. we both were avid artists, but haven't shared this common talent with each other since he got married 15 years ago. you've inspired me. i'm going to suggest when we see each other next time -(900 miles apart)- we'll do an art project together!

Chris said...

How wonderful!

ivoryspring said...

Hi Sue,

Just dropping by to say hi... I hope all is well with you!

ivoryspring said...

Sue,

It's lovely to hear from you... yes, working on projects off-season is a weird feeling. I feel so messed up as far as my seasons go. ;)

But magazines work 6-10 months ahead of time, so, I have to just hunker down and get my projects completed and out to the editors....

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