Snips And Snails

If It Ain’t Messy, It Ain’t Art

We go through a lot of art supplies around here.  Hardly a day goes by that we don’t roll out a length of butcher paper, get out the paint and go to town making masterpieces. 

The other day, Sean was especially frustrated by the artistic process.

“Oh Mom!” he whined, “I’m not a very good artist!”

“What do you mean?” I said, “You’re a great artist.”

“No, I’m not,” he sighed, “I keep falling into the paint!”

I think that’s how Jackson Pollock got his start.

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 “Every child is an artist.

The problem is how to remain an artist when you grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

15 thoughts on “If It Ain’t Messy, It Ain’t Art

  1. Yesterday, The Baby carefully painted the dining room table while I was distracted. I’d rather she’d just fallen into the paint.

  2. How sweet! My kids are very into art now. They are 8, 9, and 10, so old enough to use those books for kids that show them how to draw baby animals, horses, etc. They are pretty good!

  3. What a great picture! Can you please tell me what kind of fingerpaints that you use? My son would love doing this, but it hadn’t occured to me.


  4. I find it wonderful that he was not critiquing his style or final product–just his inability to remain upright.

    And from what I know of some artists. . .I think they might have been a little wobbly as well.

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