Art therapy

On one of the many rainy days lately, the kids busted in the door from school on a mission. Like junkies looking for crack, they tore the house apart looking for art supplies, dumped everything on the table and got to work.

Intrigued, I made a cup of tea and joined in.

I was delighted watching Finn’s creative process.

I’m so familiar with Hadley’s. It’s organic for her. It’s who she is. Art literally seeps from every pore on this child. Peter and I compare her to Edward Scissorhands. She’s frenzied in her working style, with paper flying everywhere, moving at a manic pace but the outcome is always a detailed, terrifically imaginative piece.

Finn’s talents are coming out slowly over time as he ages. I’m enjoying seeing his confidence and talent bloom. He is thoughtful and methodical, favoring order and symmetry.

I loved the piece below for one specific reason. (ignore the water stain on the right. I did that.)

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He was chewing a piece of gum while working and the wrapper was still on the table. I saw him pick it up, twist it on his pencil and go to glue it down. He looked up at me and said “Is this ok?” I assured him it was and that I loved it.

And I do. In fact, I think the gum wrapper is my favorite part.

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Long after they had abandoned the art for video games, I stayed and finished the tissue paper “P” I was working on, drinking tea and listening to Adele’s “21” for the 7 millionth time.  I love how it turned out.

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Mel | May 20, 2011 at 12:20 PM

These are awesome! What a fun way to spend a rainy day.

Confessions of a Mother, Lawyer & Crazy Woman | May 20, 2011 at 12:27 PM

SO great! Looks like fun. Much better than cartoon coma kids ... not that I'd ever resort to TV as a babysitter, who me? No.

Sheri Nugent | May 20, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Art projects, Adele and happy kids. What fun!

Byinna | May 22, 2011 at 7:49 PM

So sweet and very touching. This post might be one of my faves.

Meg | May 22, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Tres cool!! I LOVE the art work. I'm into "found art" so Finn's piece has a special spot in my heart. And may I put in an order for a tissue paper P? We have an art wall going on in the playroom and I'd love to add some work from other local artists, not just the two that live here. :)