Knot exactly

2 x 3' acrylic on canvas. True Lover's Knot

Yesterday Mabel and I settled into the studio, both armed with paint and brushes, and got to work. She was creating decorations for a party she was planning (I'm still fuzzy on the particulars) while I worked on the knot painting. After a 2 hour stint, I thought I'd reached a reasonable conclusion. Mabel disagreed, "Too much green. Sometimes I like green, sometimes I don't." She made it clear that in the case of this painting, it was a time of dislike.

Since the painting is a gift to Charlie I asked his thoughts. He suggested I dull the green down, and since he asked nicely, I guess I'll do that.

It's a good excuse to hang out with the kid sans-TV, and she likes to ask me about different paints, why they're different textures (thick and sticky, runny, etc.), the different colors and variations in the same colors, and why I paint the way I do. Seems pretty insightful for a 3 year old, but I'm biased. I wonder how many more afternoons I'll have the ability to keep her interested in paint? I'll take what I can get, and cherish the moment the other day when she sat on my lap and told me how much she likes watching me paint.


monkeyandsquirrel said...

this is the sweetest ever. i can't wait until penny and i have these conversations!

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

It'll happen before you know it, and the conversations will sneak in. She'll say something amazing and it will take all you can muster not to smother her in hugs and kisses.

ashley said...

I love the beautiful (and meaningful) painting -- and the beautiful (and meaningful) moments with little M.