November 8, 2010

my fingers the bow and pencils word arrows

pencils
word-arrows, by Noah


Maybe I see through the Mother lens.

Every new piece from art class that Noah brings home breathes air into my heart and puffs up my chest. I see something here. I am so inspired.

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warhol-esque by noah

I need a bigger refrigerator to hang it all. Or I just need to get one of those cool wire cords with clips to drape along the wall in the playroom (if we ever finish it, don't even get me started, what? didn't I buy paint ages ago? We'll get there.)



I am most excited that my older boys are now ready for a visit to the Art Institute. We've planned a day to take the train and they have their draw pads and pencils ready.

I've told them about the benches to sit on while they observe and sketch.


Self portrait, Noah
self potrait

Yes, I very much miss when they were babies, but this? Being able to share a love of art and see it bloom inside them as they mature and get their own crazy artsy ideas. It's quite indescribable.

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You know, I used to work at the Art Institute.

(OK, so I was a
sales associate in the Museum Shop. Nevertheless, I had access to all of the museum, even behind the scenes and down the dark tunnels and hallways.)

I loved just being there, no matter what-how.

It's like if you want something so badly, or to be or do, get as close as you can get. It rubs off. It brings it true.

The right people or family or church or love or whatever longing... is like that for me. If I can just get myself there, it's good. No matter what I'm seeking or how far away I feel. It's better than not showing up at all.

By Noah

So now
I've moved the paint cans to the playroom doorway.

We're even closer than before.



35 comments:

  1. Love this.
    Oh how I do.
    And Noah and his talent... wow.

    I'd be hanging it all up too.

    My oldest son also loves art. I see my creative bone re-created in him.

    I wish I could homeschool him, spend more time with him...

    Nell

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  2. I LOVE these works of Art from my very talented Grandson. My favorite pair of earrings are the ones you gave me when you worked there. And your dad is ready to help get the room ready to paint when you and Jeff are.

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  3. WOW! Noah is very talented. Thank you for sharing.

    I love art museums too. I haven't been to one in a long while.

    Bri

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  4. Love his artwork! I recently got one of those "cord-with-clips" things for artwork. Scratch that - we bought it like 6 weeks ago and it hasn't been hung up yet. Moving the "cord-with-clips" thing to where it will reside in the corner of the family room...you know...one step closer. :)

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  5. I see the talent through my lense too. Awesome.

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  6. Oh gosh, how sweet! Even at 21-months I adore watching Gretchen colour with her chalk or crayons. It's a fascinating look right into their little soul <3

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  7. wow what a great little artist you've got there! And Go paint Go :-)

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  8. I think Noah has great talent! And I'm not even his mom!!

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  9. Oh my, Steph. This is just a little too crazy. I have this new idea. It's been crazy busy in my mind and heart. I just spoke of it for the first time this morning. You and Noah were both on my brain, hardcore, revolving around this. Then, I come home to see this? It's all a little too meant-to-be-ish. We need to grab that coffee. :)

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  10. Oh my, Steph. This is just a little too crazy. I have this new idea. It's been crazy busy in my mind and heart. I just spoke of it for the first time this morning. You and Noah were both on my brain, hardcore, revolving around this. Then, I come home to see this? It's all a little too meant-to-be-ish. We need to grab that coffee. :)

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  11. The warhol is awesome. That would be framed and hanging on the wall for everyone to see.

    And, if I lived near you, I would come over, bring a baby for you to squish, and paint your playroom. Because I love to paint. It's my zen.

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  12. Your kid is seriously talented. I love the Warhol-esque. I don't blame you for wanting to hang it all up.

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  13. Those are amazing! I love that you see it and encourage him. Art can be so important! Art and math have a distinct and direct correlation, you know.

    My oldest is a great artist, but has had so many other interests it has taken a backseat. Maybe I should take him to our art museum for some inspiration.

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  14. He is really, really talented.

    And really, really sweet.

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  15. Love this so much. I love the art my kids bring home to...I feel like I can see a bit of who they are and are becoming.

    "The right people or family or church or love or whatever longing... is like that for me. If I can just get myself there, it's good. No matter what I'm seeking or how far away I feel. It's better than not showing up at all."

    So so true!

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  16. Amazing! I would be hanging that up in my house too - even if it wasn't my child's art - it is cute! Maybe he should start an Etsy shop!

    If it makes you feel any better... I bought paint in JUNE and got the kitchen ceiling painted, but not the walls, and the walls have ceiling paint here and there carried over because I didn't bother to tape the 3rd time I did the ceiling (Long story)... It all gets done eventually.

    Is this art from school? Or does he take an extra-curricular art class?

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  17. If you're looking for a cheaper way to make one of those cords... we used twin, clothespins and hooks. :) Each of our kids has their own line in different corners of the room on which to hang school papers and art work. I love it, and I love those pieces Noah created!

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  19. I love his art. Really, really great. In my boys room, I just strung yarn and use little binder clips to display their artwork, and it works great in a pinch until you can get the wire. Pound in a couple of nails, string a length of yarn and voila!

    I love the boys artwork. I even have some hanging in the livingroom. :)

    Have a fun trip to the Institute with the big boys.

    xo

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  20. Isn't it wonderful to see art coming out in your children. I think it's beautiful.

    The art institute has been one of my favorite places to go, since I was a little girl. Looking at the HUGE Seurat painting always made my heart go pitter patter. Makes me smile even now. :)

    Enjoy your day!

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  21. Wow, they are talented. Or at least I think so, more talented than me :)

    Have fun, I love Art Museums!

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  22. Wow!

    I get it.
    Oh, yes, I do
    (says the former book store asst. manager who LOVES that her oldest writes stories and makes her own books)

    and, yeah, I think he's got some talent there.

    parenthood. Its pretty wonderful, right?

    Best wishes!

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  23. Nope not just your mama lenses Steph, that kid is onto something!

    Wow, love it. I think I'd have it all over the house! Especially the pencil one. : )

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  24. He has done all of these in his 4th grade art class! :)

    Steph

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  25. I can't tell you just why, but this post made my eyes prickle. And, I must say again, Noah makes me so happy.

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  26. Matt has been saying he can't wait until we can take Elise to the Art Institute. I know we have some time until she comprehends it all, but it must be so amazing to be able to share your love of music and the arts with your children. I know how much they mean to you. Also? Noah's art is amazing. I want to buy some. Does he take credit cards? :)

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  27. My 5-year-old has a love of art. And I want to nurture it So. Badly.

    You're right, watching a child bloom - it just takes my breath away.

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  28. these are AMAZING. you have good reason to be puffed up!

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  29. Really great post! Your words and your son's artwork inspire me also! :) <3

    I completely get what you are saying about getting as close as you can to what you long to do or love.

    When I was in college (engineering school) I worked in a picture framing shop because although I was good at math & science, my heart was (and still is) with the arts. So framing beautiful pictures and helping customers get a little more creative with their artwork was my outlet.

    Now that I've left that stark world of black & white engineering behind for the gray matter that is motherhood I feel even more compelled to create beautiful things - children are the ultimate source of inspiration.

    "Write On" Stephanie! ;)

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  30. I love this post! I love his art and your love for him! What a mom you are! My 3 1/2 year old attended her very first art class yesterday and LOVED IT! She brought home the best painting she has done to date with such joy and pride.

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  31. Noah is extremely talented but you already know that. I love his "Warhol" piece - WOW!

    My oldest is also a good artist and I giggled when you said you need a bigger fridge because I totally get it! :)

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  32. you are such a poet. i love the sentiment to "get close to it" whatever "it" happens to be that makes you happy. inspiring post and truly talented artiste in your life. lucky lucky mom. : )

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  33. My 5yo has turned into a little artist too. We were at a party and he received a new sketchbook and colored pencils along with some Legos. All the other kids broke out their various new toys and games and grouped off, he tore into his new supplies and sat in a corner drawing away. I love to see his take and hear the stories behind his pictures. I'm also thinking it's time for a trip to the Art Institute and I can't wait. I think the last time I was there was for an after hours event my my husband and I were young and hip!

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