Saturday, May 16, 2015

Day 2047 - Kids Artwork

I remember a time ....


Darby's preschool artwork
I remember a time when I used to beam with delight when my kids brought home a painting.  From those first splotches of paint, to the hand prints, to their first attempt at drawing a person, right through to the canvass art at home and the school art projects.



Sunflowers created by Tahlia at home when she was about ten
I remember when the artwork was so frequent that you started to quietly place their masterpieces in the recycling bin. Day in and day out the daycare or preschool gems would float into the house and right back out again.  Artwork overload. After a while you'd hardly look at it.  Or perhaps that was just me.

Now that my kids are much older the artwork is few and far between.  They still dabble in the creative at school of course, but the actual pride of bringing home a masterpiece is waning.

I miss that.

Today I share with you two of my favourite pieces of art.  One created at home by my then seven year old daughter, and the other created at school by my then ten year old son.

I love this painting more than money could ever buy.  A Tahlia original.

This portrait of baby Lola created by her Uncle Darby has a special place in our hearts and home

These works of art will never leave me.  They'll take pride of place forever.

As for the other stuff ... well that which survived I still have piles of it in cupboards.  It's the stuff treasured memories are made of ...


18 comments :

  1. How beautiful!
    I too have piles of stuff in cupboards that I just cannot throw away. With six kids, it's taking over the house but I still refuse to part with it. Thank you so much for sharing these sweet things! x

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    1. Man. I can imagine your piles are a hell of a lot bigger than my piles!

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  2. I've only kept a special few art works from each child. I used a lot as gift wrapping, some as actual gifts and some did end up in recycling. I do enjoy occasionally viewing the keepers however.

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    1. Lydia from Where the Wild Things Are also suggested gift wrapping. Wish I'd done that all those years ago!

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  3. I don't have kids but have always treasured artwork my niece gave me. And at the moment I have two pieces on my wall... one from a friend's 6yr old and one from another friend's 3yr old. They're both very special!

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    1. There's just something so delightful about children's art. So original. So creative. So uninhibited

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  4. thank you for reminding me to hold on to these precious memories and art pieces by my daughter even more. at this age, there really are far too many! but soon, there may come a time for her too that she doesn't feel like creating or drawing as much..

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  5. I'm still at the heavy recycling stage!

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  6. I use to frame only 1 a year... And keep them in my study for inspiration...

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  7. I have had a piece framed as well!
    It will always have pride of place in my home. The sheer joy and wonder they create these pieces with is a vibrant way to remind us everyday of the beauty and love they created it for us in their youth xx

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  8. What lovely paintings and memories to treasure. We love painting in our house so have so many paintings that its hard to choose a favourite. I am thinking of taking photos of our favourites and creating them in to a printed photo book, and keeping only a couple special ones. I am sure to miss when they no longer bring paintings home too :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, photos are a GREAT idea! It would make a wonderful coffee table book. Wish I'd thought of that!

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  9. When my three eldest turned 21 I brought out all their old kindy paintings. They couldn't believe I'd kept them all- along with their first teeth and even the pregnancy test I used to discover their impending arrival. That was probably taking it too far but I do love those precious memories :)

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    1. That is really special. I have a bunch of that stuff too. There first dummy, their little wrist band/ankle band from hospital, first haircut, first tooth. So special. I don't have the stick I pee'd on though!

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