I personally know the most darling five year old alive, and she just so happens to be my niece. Mary Margaret (MaeMae) adores painting just as much as I do, so we have had some quality studio dates recently.
Here’s how it always seems to go: I am in my studio with my brow knitted, deep in focus and battling painter’s block. Grasping for creativity, all my artistic freedom flees me. All of the sudden, I hear a little tap, tap, tap, then a squeal, “Caaaaaroline! Whatcha paintin?!” And just like that a little fairy of inspiration floats in and insists on painting with me. And I don’t mean she paints on the other side of the room, I mean she wants in on whatever I am working on at the moment.
We have started playing a game called “Halfsies”. One of us starts off a painting and the other will complete it. We always use separate mediums. We use watercolor, pastels, and her favorite, acrylics (aka “squirt paints”). The best thing about painting with Mae is that she always has her tongue outside of her mouth when she focuses (which is adorable). Also I must say she is shockingly good. Sometimes I really think that her paintings could pass for an abstract piece by a seasoned artist.
This sailboat painting is one of my favorites so far. I did the boats and a few waves in watercolor and MaeMae finished it off in oil pastels. I’m going to be honest and tell you that I am seriously thinking about framing this and hanging it on my walls in my California home. I miss Mae so stinking much when I’m back in Los Angeles. It will be sweet to have it to look at every day. Here’s to little ones reminding us of the things we forget, like how to let go and let the creativity flow.