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  • If It Ain’t Messy, It Ain’t Art

    February 4, 2008

    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


    1. Tammy/Photography for Fun says:

      Tell Sean I’ve been painting for years and I STILL fall into my paint and make huge messes and get it everywhere! Gotta love drop cloths!!!

      February 4th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    2. Mindi says:

      What about getting him an easel??

      February 5th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    3. Heidi says:

      Ha! Cute. But I love his technique…

      February 5th, 2008 at 8:06 am

    4. Cindy says:

      Wonderful, we may pay top dollar one of these day for one of his paintings.

      February 5th, 2008 at 8:52 am

    5. Praise and Coffee says:

      “I keep falling into my paint.”
      That is great! So funny.

      I think that’s how I go through my days, I’m falling into my paint all the time!


      February 5th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    6. Antique Mommy says:

      Cindy! Why wait? Make me an offer! 😉

      February 5th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    7. Beck says:

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

      February 5th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    8. Nicole @ Life in Progress says:

      I love that! We all have days where we feel like we’re falling into our paint.

      February 5th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    9. Tina says:

      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!

      February 5th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    10. Pam says:

      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.


      February 5th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    11. Roxanne says:

      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.

      February 5th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    12. JCK says:

      Falling into the paint is an absolute requirement!

      February 5th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    13. Sue says:


      February 5th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    14. nan says:

      Okay, many have said it already, but: we professionals also fall into our paint!

      February 6th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    15. Faithfulmommy says:

      falling into the paint – sounds squishy!!

      February 6th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

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