6:45 am. I’m just back from my very first 30 minute run (hooray) and am met at the front door by my son who is holding up a drawing he just did. “Guess what I’m calling this picture?”, he asks. I had no idea. Some brown flowers, clouds, a few blue slashes. It starts with the letter T, he says. Still no clue, although I see he has scribbled something at the bottom. Not giving me much time to guess, he tells me that he has called it Tears which he spelled “tirs” on the picture. That’s a relief because I thought it said “tits”. I asked him if it was a sad picture and he replied “all in life is not happy” and off he went.
Back again with The Art Book for Children. He can’t decide what to draw next and shows me his two choices. Waterlily Pond by Monet or Spring by Botticelli. I’m not sure what has inspired this early morning burst of creativity from my son who is usually more interested in old war movies and re-enacting every scene. Anyway, I suggest the Monet as it looks far more simple to recreate and we had to leave for school in about 45 minutes and he is still in his pj’s. Although drawing for him is all about speed, not perfection. He tells me he knows what to do and off again he goes to his art station. This is what he came up with – a combination of the two paintings. Simply titled, “Love”. And spelled correctly.