Wednesday 5 January 2011

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

My little grandson, who is painting a canvas I bought him for Christmas.

'Nana, the elephant is grey, and you don't have grey in your paint box', he said.

He is marvelling at the grey paint, having mixed a splodge of white and black!

I wish I had taken a photo of him at the wonderment on his face when he made this amazing discovery that you can mix colours together to get whatever colour you want!
 But  he is still looking as though he can't quite believe what happened.

After that, I showed him the magic of mixing dark blue with white to get a light blue for the sky.  Blue and yellow to get different shades of green.  He just loved the mixing on a plastic lid part.  In fact he seemed to have as much fun experimenting with mixing different colours as he did painting with them.
(I have to confess that I was rather proud that as he had just had his 5th birthday 2 days before Christmas, at how careful, and painstakingly he painted his very first printed picture.  Not a bit like his dad and uncle - who at the same age were sploshing on paint with great gusto!)

In the photo above we have dried the paint with an air dryer, and he is just putting the finishing touches to the tree - he wanted red cherries on it, so is drawing them freehand with a felt tip pen!

Definitely a mixed media artist in the making

I thought I would join in on the fun blog hop which is What's on your workdesk Wednesday.


Unknown said...

Do you know what? That is the best ever WOYWW x It really touched me, seeing this little lad discovering the beauty of making his own colours for his own work of art x Really touched me x Love it! x Leigh x

Maggie's Crafts said...

So cute. :) Definitely artist in the making! :)

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Anonymous said...

So much concentration and he did a fantastic job! Definitely best to get them started young.

Brenda 83

Moy Yin said...

Thanks for visiting my desk!

I am so glad you love Singapore. Now the weather is cooler and with lots of rain. I had a wet Christmas and New Year. Hope you can visit us again.

Looks like your grandson is a budding artist.

XOXO, Moy Yin #14

themessycraftroom said...

How lovely Lottie, thanks for sharing those moments with us. Definately a budding artist in the making, and so neat. What a joy. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comment. Hugs x ChrisB

Zoechaos said...

the wonder of paint mixing and a very talented chap love the story his wonderment is sure to continue. Happy New Year XOXO Zoe

Nicks said...

what a fabulous Grandma (or Nan or Nanny or whatever) you are - Grandmas are there to make memories and you certainly are doing so
Must be a Norfolk thing - i'm from Norfolk as well and my kids have the best grandma as well x

lisa said...

What a work of art Lottie. You definitely have an artist in the making there. It's magic when they discover something like colour mixing isn't it. It still fascinates my DD and she's 9!!!!!
Enjoy every minute with your beautiful Grandson. Thanks for sharing this precious moment.
Hugs Lisa (108)

Lorraine said...

what a lovely photo of your grandson discovering the powerful mixing of to treasure I think Lottie.and he is so neat. My sons take after me and are messy.. I have got my kids paintings all hung up in the conservatory on a washing line as I think its so important to value childs youngest who is now 6yrs loves mixing colours but usually black with have to make the most of them liking painting with you now before they move on to nintendos and lego when they are not interested anymore..

Linby said...

He is so cute, and I was just thinking that he had coloured it so carefully for one so young.
Linbyx #109

Pearl said...

Delightful Lottie he's so cute!

Claudia Rosa ~ Pretty Pressings said...

ohhh. how sweet :-)
he is very good at it.
no mess so far lol

Electra said...

Your workdesk definitely has the best thing on it-a happy creative child!

sandra de said...

This is such a lovely post have captured that moment he discovered the wonderful world of colour.
Sandra #66

Anonymous said...

aaww bless him - must be wonderful to share your joy of art with him.

Zue said...

He is so talented for one so young...what an amazing discovery, that new colours can be created!!!!!!!!!
Sue xx 50

Rosie said...

If he was ay my workdesk, I'd stay all day, just for the chance to behave like a kid again - in the best way! What a gorgeous child! =)

Tertia said...

I can think of no better 'thing' to have at my desk than a grandchild embracing crafts. Well done granny for inspiring him and allowing him to use your stash!
Tertia 122

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Awww - what a sweet artist, hard at work. You know he'll treasure these times with you when he gets older.

Serendipity Stamping said...

How sweet, "a little guy" on your desk. He looks like he is concentrating on getting it all just to his liking. Would loved to see his face as he learned somethig new and wonderful. #95

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a fantastic "desk shot." Your grandson, full of wonderment, is destined to a life of mixing colors and finding the the magic in art. You have a great artist in the making and so good of you to document this "careful" drawing. Happy WOYWW on Thursday from #16.

Marjo said...

Thats awesome, I just love it when kids and grandkids are allowed to join in all the fun and discoveries. You should check at it's a kids challenge blog. You can enter his creations.

Thanks so much for the peek and sharing, hugs Marjo #23

peggy aplSEEDS said...

how wonderful that you witnessed your little grandson's discovery about mixing colors! these pictures and story would make a great scrapbook page!