Life With Wee People: Little Minion Artists And Ward Nasse Gallery
Yesterday we took the shorties to one of our fave stores on Glen Cove Road to pick up our art supplies so we could go paint in the park. Arts and crafts can be a two car affair depending upon what we're doing. Mikey wanted to get his jog on, so he left first while the boys and I packed our art hamper, grabbed some canvas, loaded the cooler and set off for Cunningham Park.
Three cars full of kids later we settled in for our afternoon playdate with our neighbors (LOL). I enjoy painting in the park with the shorties because it always creates cool aid grins when I sketch people. Sometimes my friends pose. Sometimes strangers get into the mix. Sometimes it turns into an impromptu art class when the boys decide to share their supplies with other wee people. :-)
Stephen discovered T-ball in school so now I have a bat wielding miniature car driving lunatic on the loose when he isn't painting with me. In this case, painting ON me (LMAO).
Noah is more sedate in his park wanderings and will ride his Razor Scooter all over the place. He spends half his time trying to keep Stephen from playing the Minion Blur with other people's stuff (LOL). Kid is quick. When he isn't being supervised by Noah, poor Mikey spends half of his park time trying to get Stephen to keep track of his toys. Time outs include peeling tangerines, stuffing them with ice cream and reminding them they are supposed to be painting. :-)
When all else fails, you can distract him with fountain driving. The goal was to get him to drive the cars in circles around the man hole covers. Instead, Stephen decided the track should periodically include a car washing. What better place than the fountain? "No. Drive HERE!" is usually his rebuttal (LOL).
Kids are great for creating textured backgrounds in large blocks of areas. My shorties love to paint and frequently interject themselves into my gallery projects. Our current project is 30 x 40 so we can work simultaneously or individually if we want. I'm trying to teach them to paint within the lines. We're using paint knives, forks, spoons and brushes to finish this one off. When we're done layering a bunch of colors I'm going to guild it with precious metals. I frequently use copper, gold and silver in my work. I'm going to post some pages from my sketch book later so I can introduce you to the friends I have posing for me.
I gotta run. I need more models and am on the hunt for some new Gallery guide victims (LOL). Sana agreed to let me place her in Art News and The Gallery Guide. I gotta see who else I can line up to be in my next show in SoHo. The boys will be exhibiting with me. Noah's photography will be side by side with my paintings. The three of us will be signing this one when we are done. Stephen may have to make due with a hand print and some squiggly scrawls (LOL). ;-)
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