Turkey Tracks: May 23, 2013
Talula is An Artist
I really love the fact that my four older grandchildren are exposed to learning how to create art.
I am so glad that their schools recognize how important creative expression is when it takes the form of art created with the hands, with paint and glue and messiness, not just with the heart and mind, such as is true with words.
Talula, though, has been an artist for some time. She’ll be seven in September, but for years now she has had the practice of getting up early to draw, color, and create. When she comes to Maine and is “on vacation,” she spends a lot of time making art. I put up a table for her and try to keep the house supplied with paper, crayons, colored pencils, and so forth. They all love to make art, but Talula NEEDS to make art. It’s going to be be really interesting to see where this need to create art takes Talula in the years to come.
I always ask Talula to show me her recent art when I visit her in Charleston.
Here’s the best of what she showed me this last trip:
Talula made “the girl” with rose petals, pine straw, sticks, beans, a ribbon, and pasta. This girl has a new form from earlier “girls”–she is stockier and does not have the long neck Talula usually draws.
Here’s maybe a better picture:
She has two other motifs I’ve seen her doing for the past few years. A girl with a pony-tail hairdo and a colorful rainbow.
Here, I think her use of background color–and her patience with putting it all in–is interesting.
This girl can often have a long, skinny neck with bands of color and texture. I have one of those on my quilt-room wall and would like to make a quilt version of it for her birthday. (The road to hell is paved with good intentions.)
Here’s the iconic rainbow she does–which I like because, again, it shows she’s not afraid of color. And, the rainbow is about something that she’s imprinted on herself artistically. Like the long-necked girl.
She made a rainbow on Tara Derr Webb’s ipad (53 Paper App, which is fabulous) when she heard John had died:
I have saved it.