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Our Little Artist

Updated on April 21, 2011
Building sandcastles
Building sandcastles
Ballet Class
Ballet Class
Lil Fashionista
Lil Fashionista
Little Artist 1
Little Artist 1

Embellish, Let Her Be

"What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change, and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure". Gene Perret

Art in our DNA? Definitely! There is no other explanation as i watch our granddaughter develop and do her 'thing'. Early on, she surprised us, when she learned to walk. She tip toed around the house, like a tiny ballerina, we were so amused. At three years, she could sing (perform!), dance (she actually taught herself with Bella Dance a rella), and paint. We thought she was a genuis, when she learned to play chess. Thanks to her grandpa 'Umpa' who patiently taught her the game, starting with memorizing every piece! But, as amazing as we think she is, (She's a constant Star awardee in school) we are careful not to think 'child prodigy'. That is to put unecessaty pressure on our precious little one. As a family, we agree that it is more important to let her be, and love her for all her 'normalness'. This our little journey of discovery, and the joy we find and share with our little artist.

Once we were done cutting white paper dolls, i said, "We should embellish them", and she asked, "What is embellish"?. She was about four years old at that time. And we went to town putting colors, and blings on every doll. Now she's 6 going to 7 in a few months, and she's already our budding 'fashionista', who knows life does not have to be plain, and colorless.

Our little artist no longer builds sandcastles, finger paint, nor mold playdos. She still is interested in designing, but with the use of the computer. She has shown more independence, when shopping for her clothes, shoes and accessories, which has made mom's eyes roll more. She continues to paint, and show significant development with her themes and subjects. She makes home made cards for special occasions, create posters, like one she made to welcome grandpa upon returning home from the hospital. She loves music and dancing, and everyone's excited that she will have her first ballet recital. We let her be, to make her choices, and nothing is ever forced on her. It is amazing! .


Mentoring

Mentoring is so rewarding. It's a two way learning experience and the best bonding a family can do for one another. I know i am learning so much in building a relationship with a child. There is something about their innocence, spontaneity and lack of fear. When asked, "Do you like it?", referring to her work, i am able to affirm her authenticity and uniqueness. At times, when we are painting the same theme, out in the garden, and she tells me my painting is much nicer than hers, i thank her, but explain that artists are different from each other, and therefore, interpret subjects in their own way. That no art, or interpretation is bad. It's a lot of fun, and i want her to feel comfortable with self espression. I have taught her the use of different brushes, strokes, styles and mixing colors. She got to impress her art teacher last summer with her skills and knowledge. She's able to work with different medium, but i can tell, she loves acrylic.

I hope her interest in art remain strong. Already she is delving into digital art and has asked me to teach her how to use Photoshop. I know it will be easy for her as she leads the computer class in school! It thrills me when she say's she wants to be like me, and that she wants to someday have her own gallery. Meantime, she has to settle for the refrigerator door and 'stealing' walls in the house to post her artwork. It's precious!

It comforts me in a big way that her little soul finds meaning and happiness in the exercise. The world will not always be kind, as we know it. No matter, it is my prayer that, the same way art has been good for me and to me, it will be, even more, wonderful for our precious grandchild.

Little Artist's Doodlings

Early work
Early work
Art on Ref door
Art on Ref door
Embellished Paper Dolls
Embellished Paper Dolls
Age 6 Green Art, stones, leaves...
Age 6 Green Art, stones, leaves...

Acrylic colloborative work

Abstract in Acrylic 1
Abstract in Acrylic 1
Abstract in Acrylic 2
Abstract in Acrylic 2

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Blaise: So, you are a lady Da Vinci!

      Lady E: Much appreciation for your compliment to our lil artist! Thanks for droppin by!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Absolutely beautiful. A little talented Artist and a little Angel too. I love the way you captured her work. Love the playdoh and abstracts. Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

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      Fehl Dungo 7 years ago from close to you...

      thanks Lola... ;p

      I see myself in Keona when I was just a little Da Vinci. ;p

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Blaise, you are too cute yourself! Yes, love being lola and our Keona is our artist/darling! Glad you liked the paintings.

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      Fehl Dungo 7 years ago from close to you...

      wow, that little cutie really has a lot to share in the world! ;p I love the paintings BTW ;p

      you're a cool lola Islandvoice! God bless... ;p

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Harrisdy! Alway's a pleasure to see you!

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      hdy 7 years ago from Texas

      great hub islandvoice!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Bryguy, you are most welcome! I look forward to seeing your daughter's art and sharing it with our Keona. It's a pleasure to be your fan.

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      bryguy1 7 years ago

      She seems to be the center of joy for you IslandVoice.. It's great to see she's so into these different things at such a young age. I have a daughter who loves the arts as well and has for quite sometime now. She's 16 now and has been attending a special art school for 2 years now. Your grandaughter shows so much talent an interest. I can understand why you are so proud of her. Thank you for sharing. Also thank you so much for the welcome to Hub Pages.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm sure you will Mith! Muchos gracias!!!

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      mith_moral 7 years ago

      You could never be too proud of such a wonderful child. I hope to have the same stories some day.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Wow Meteoboy! Sound's like you have a handful there! Joy is what children bring us, with some mischief! Thanks for your comment.

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      meteoboy 7 years ago from GREECE

      This hub is unique. I am father of three little children and I feel your joy about your little artist . Thank you.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Anjalichugh! There is use for us 'oldies' after all. My daughter adored her grandmas, and i picked up from there. When Keona is upset with mom and dad, i notice she comes to us to find comfort. Children are also smart and can use their charm to manipulate adults. In our home, we make sure our 'common enemy'stays happy.

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      I must say the child is very fortunate to have you as a mentor. Not many children, these days, get that kind of a luxury. I salute you! BTW I loved that observation:

      "The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy". Very cute.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Mith! I guess i am too proud huh?

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      mith_moral 7 years ago

      Quite the artist she is! So adorable. You must be proud. I know I would be! Wonderful hub.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Will do Bk. I hope you're ready to have a 'wild' time!

      Ethel: That's quite an observation. Art can be interpreted not just by the artist, but by the beholder. Thank you very much.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      The first collabrative reminds me of a cross between pacifiers and roses. With such a great diversity of genes she will no doubt shine.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great - just let me know when you are in NYC!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Bk, art i think bring out the best in us, and children do it the best. You must have had quite an adventure in Seoul Korea. Grammy paparazzi has yet to introduce our lil star to origami, charcoal and gold leaf. Thanks for reminding me. I am looking forward to taking her to the Met Museum NY next year. Care to join us? Re the colloborative works, the 'swirls' was dropping paint and mixing colors, and with the other, i was teaching her how to use the knife stroke. Thanks again for droppin' by!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well Grammy-paparazzi, I enjoyed it all including the stylish fashionista pose and of course the bling and what collaborative works of art!

      How could we take art out of our schools here in the City? I mean what's the point then of going to school? When I worked in the elementary schools in Seoul, art teachers would come in to teach and oh my! It was astounding the natural creativity of the children. They were even taught to knit and do rug hooking. They worked with charcoal and gold leaf and of course there was amazing origami (which helps to naturally teach math). Then on museum trips they were so engaged!

      How lucky your little star is to have you! Lovely!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Dohn, my 'son'! Love is a gift we all have and share. I guess i feel very much 'at home' writing these very personal hubs, thanks to HP's loving community. Thanks again for visiting and for your thoughtful comment.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Of course you consider yourself very lucky to have such a granddaughter, IslandVoice, but she is also very lucky to have you as a grandmother! There is without a doubt a very strong love between you two and your entire family overall. That's so good to see, as in many cases, it's not always the case. I enjoyed reading this immensely and always look forward to reading your hubs as you know! Thanks again :D

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Envoy: Great to know another "Grammy' here! Priceless is right! I truly appreciate your sweet comment.

      GPage: I love all artists! Pls share your daughters work one of these days! Thanks for the visit.

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      GPAGE 7 years ago from California

      This is inspiring. My daughter is a very talented artist also......

      Thanks for sharing! GPAGE

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      Envoy 7 years ago from USA

      Awe I am called "Grammy" too :)

      18 months is the oldest tho, they are priceless.

      You are both very talented.

      She is absolutely adorable!

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub.

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks Feline!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      Creativity runs in the family obviously! :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Sheryld: Thanks so much for your kind words

      Waren: I will. Thanks and God bless as well!

      GMa: Don't we just love the perks of being grandmamas?

      Creativeone: I hope she will keep at it, and will do my best to keep encouraging her.

      Bayareagreatthing: Appreciate it!

      Jiberish: My pleasure always! You are right, if parents will only try to limit their children's TV, we will see more creativity among our next generation.

      Coffeesnob: I think we can be very influential with our grandkids more than we know.

      Thanks everyone for the visit and encouraging words. Keona will be very very pleased!

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      coffeesnob 8 years ago

      I love this! I, like you try to everything I can to encourage my grandkids in their interests and talents. It is very rewarding. Keep up the good work 'grammy-paparazzi' and tell your granddaughter she is pretty special and is a very talented artist!

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      jiberish 8 years ago from florida

      She is really good, and it's nice to see a child her age interested in something besides TV. Thank you for sharing this was very nice.

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      bayareagreatthing 8 years ago from Bay Area California

      That is seriously so awesome!!

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Wonderful art for a child, tell ker to keep painting. thanks for sharing. creativeone59

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Wonderful, just love to see a child express themselves this way, but also that YOU make it possible...Thanks so much for showing us such an adorable little girl...:O) HugsG-Ma

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      Waren E 8 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

      Tell her we all say, "well done" then spoil her with something she likes,IslandVoice..LOL!

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub,God Bless!

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      sheryld30 8 years ago from California

      Wow!~ These are really touching. The Colloborative Work between you two- is amazing. She definitely has a lot of talent; as do you! :) Thank you for sharing. :)