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Friday, July 6, 2012

Artful Harvest

I don't think my daughter is the next Picasso, Van Gogh or Gaudí, but a mother can't help but find pleasure in her daughter's creative artwork~~work she creates with her young, tender hands.

I love sneaking up on Amelia as she's standing behind her easel, long paintbrush in hand, swirling, stippling, gliding the colors from end to end aimlessly, with purpose, aimlessly across her white craft paper. What I discover on the other side is usually a wide-eyed little girl excited to share her newest creation.

Yes, I secretly dote on her paintings and have been keeping all of my favorites in a special stack~~ for safe keeping, for a future project...I'm not quite sure.

It's been a while since I photographed something for the sheer sake of caputuring something that I find beautiful.  But the other day, as I was carrying in a bowl of fresh yellow Jubilee pear tomatoes from the garden, their vibrant yellow color was screaming to be paired with one of Amelia's most recent paintings~~ a beautiful pêle mêle of cool violets, ceruleans, and turquoises.  

The result is nothing but eye candy. Completely random, but I love it.
I can't help but stare at the wavy blends of blues and purples, the ripe form of the tomatoes, and their exploding contrasts.

Perhaps photographing Amelia's artwork is a way that I can preserve and keep it for future admiring.
In this case, I have captured the two things we love the most~~
Amelia's affinity for painting (and the color blue) and my passion for gardening, which together create a most artful mixture.

images by à la parisienne


A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Amelia is well on her way to expressing herself with colour Mandy! I think you should frame these photos.......what a wonderfully vibrant addition they would make somewhere. I still have all my son's drawings, he is a good artist but has had no time to devote to it the past years while in school. My husband who can only draw stick people recently said to him "you should make some time to keep drawing". He is a 50/50 blend and I am so glad you are encouraging your little artist. Much love XO and xo

Cindy said...

Amelia's painting is actually quite beautiful! I would have a hard time mixing blues and purples on paper, and make them look any better than that! In a modern art gallery, displayed with just the right attitude... who knows what something that watery and magical looking would go for... your pairing of it with the gorgeous yellow pear tomatoes was so creative too, it all looks stunning together !


Marie Arden said...

So pretty I love those tomatoes. Her art work is lovely-- soothing yet colorful. Have a wonderful weekend.

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Love that artwork,very relaxing and mellow. Would look great handpainted on a plain silk scarf.
You can't beat that moment when a child's masterpiece is proudly handed over to you to add to your collection of their works.

Karena said...

Mandy Amelia's art is stunning, she uses a wonderful palette in these pieces!

Art by Karena

shirlgirl said...

Wow, that is really pretty. Like you said it's juat pleasing to look at. It sure would make pretty fabric.

FrenchBlue said...

Dear Mandy,
Wow!! I am amazed at Amelia's keen young eye for color! She creates with her pure creative heart, just like you! Together you create such simple are so blessed to be experiencing these special days of motherhood. What a gift. It's ALL just so Beautiful and with your yellow veggies on top, it does look like Picaso!

Jojo said...

Love the beautiful color palette your daughter selected.

Vicki ShoppeGirls said...

A beautiful painting. Your daughter is amazing. a lovely work of art. I am so happy to have discovered your blog and look forward to reading often.


Ivy Clad said...

I completely understand your affinity for her artwork. For one, it's really pretty. I am also keeping a stack of my favorites that my daughter has painted. Occasionally, one of her paintings will sit over the fireplace for all who visit to admire. I love the way she smiles when we show it off. And I love the way you have paired those gorgeous tomatoes with the artwork. You are right; it's complete eye candy.


Corrina said...

You can't ever be too proud of those special moments with your children. I have four children- two are 20 year old twins and then an 8yrold and 5yrold. I have learned that time flies and before you know it they're too big to sit on your lap and they're 20! I am parenting my younger two so differently- I suck the life out of every special moment with them. Amelia's painting is gorgeous, I buy plain white frames about the size that fits a piece of photocopy paper and you can put in her artworks as a series on the wall, then every so often pull them out and change them for new artworks so its an everchanging display. They say this also shows your child you value their work, that it's important enough to take pride of place and teaches a whole lot of other stuff too (that's the teacher coming out in me!) xxCorrina.

KaReN EiLeeN said...

They are both a work of art.

Palomasea said...

Very beautiful! I save our DD's works as well...
How wonderful that Amelia enjoys painting.
Those colors are so happy, yet soothing...
- Irina

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

this could very easily be my favorite post of all time! i love the colors, amelia's artistic expression, and your addition of nature's bountiful beauty. GORGEOUS! FRAME!