Well, if only you could have seen her as she sat up a little straighter - you could tell how special she felt as she realized that an ability to draw and paint came from so far back in her family line and is now residing in her!! God has definitely blessed her!
All that to say that some of the best times she and I share with this common ability is challenging each other to draw random ideas just for fun! She will sit down with her sketchbook and ask, "Mom, what should draw?" I always try to come up with something silly to inspire her sense of humour first, encouraging the wheels to begin turning as she pictures the scene in her mind...
Recently I suggested she draw a raccoon jumping into a pile of leaves - really leaping - right into a BIG pile of leaves. It's one of her favourite activities so I thought she could have fun with it... her hold up was that she didn't know how to draw a raccoon but I encouraged her to try her best and think about how they have a big round body, striped tail and black mask... I love what she came up with! I especially love the raccoon squealing, "Weeeeeeee!" in mid-air!!
"Raccoon Leaping Into Leaf Pile"
(graphite and watermarker)
I couldn't resist trying to capture that same kind of fun and spirit! Here's my sketchbook version:
"Raccoons Leaping in Leaves"
Hopefully I pass on other important character traits to my children as God blesses me with time and ability. I hope you are all inspired to nuture lovely things you see in your children and encourage them to be proud of the talents and abilities God has blessed them with!!