“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic
than to love people.”
Vincent van Gogh
Back in high school, I didn’t receive any love from my art teacher. The “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been my first clue. Then, the teacher had the audacity to tell me I didn’t have an artistic bone in my body.
My drawings and paintings weren’t too shabby. Heck, I even patted myself on the back with her yardstick.
Unfortunately, her poisonous words crushed my creative spirit, and then I tossed my sketchpad aside for twenty-two years.
“Words kill, words give life, they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” Prov. 18:21
Why am I sharing this?
Well…I don’t want this to happen to other little minds and hands.
What can I do?
I’ve created a Mindful Masterpiece Gallery to showcase children’s artwork.
So…today, I’m thrilled to share the first of many.
Drum roll, please.
Eight-year-old, Joplyn submitted her colorful rendition of one of my drawings that I’ve made available for kids to download and color.
Krista, Joplyn’s mom, left me this uplifting comment,
“My daughter and I enjoyed your “Kids’ Corner” web page very much. Joplyn has a surprise for you. She is also wondering if you do artwork of families, and/or of dogs and cats. Perhaps a little personalized piece for us? Maybe a Christmas ornament? These are Joplyn’s ideas.”
Joplyn finds it difficult to concentrate, yet, she sat long enough to scour my website, and then she tore the house apart searching for markers and crayons to create her masterpiece.
When I received Joplyn’s amazing artwork, I burst into tears. Just thinking about it, tears sting.
Thank you, Joplyn! You are one, talented young lady. 🙂
Once that’s done, encourage those little hands to color, doodle, or scribble on the drawing. Your child can also choose a creation of their own.
Help your child submit a JPEG of their Mindful Masterpiece, but be sure to include their first name, age, and a couple of sentences about who or what inspires them. Address their submission to me—Miss Tracy (at firstname.lastname@example.org). I will then add their artwork for all to admire.
I hope my attempt to shower little minds with praise will encourage them so they can cultivate their God-given talent. And that’s when I’ll know my crushing experience was worth it.
“Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.” Prov. 16:24
Happy creating, kids!
P.S. I’ll be adding additional mindful masterpieces to this page!
Saturday, November 17, 2012 – Three Precious Offerings!
A few weeks ago, a thick envelope arrived in my mailbox. I tore it open, read three thank-you letters, and admired a mindful masterpiece.
Click through to read the entire story about the precious offerings featured below.
P.S. Don’t forget to send in your child’s mindful masterpiece. I can’t wait to share more!
Saturday, December 15, 2012 – Krystal’s Penguin Masterpiece!
It’s time for another mindful masterpiece. This month, the subject is penguins.
Penguins have always intrigued me. They remind me of creative, resourceful children just like Krystal.
When I asked my granddaughter if she wanted to show me any artwork she created in Kindergarten, she vanished. But not to worry. Two minutes later, Krystal reappeared lugging a bulging portfolio. Then she yanked out a penguin and posed with her mindful masterpiece.
Click through to read the rest of the story. You won’t be disappointed.
There’s more to come! 😀
Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Isaac’s Mindful Masterpieces
I shivered from head-to-toe after I cast my gaze on seven-year-old Isaac’s Snowball Fight and Snow Plow creations.
Click through to read the rest of the story.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 – Grace and Gannon’s Picasso Self-Portraits.
I was SOOOOOOOOOOOO thrilled when I received Grace and Gannon’s Picasso self-portraits.
Grace and Gannon have also supplied materials and instructions so you can create your own self-portrait. Click here to find out how you can become a budding Picasso.
Saturday, June 15, 2013 – Krystal’s hand-made Father’s Day card.
Click here to read how Indy consoled five-year-old Krystal.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – Christopher’s Colored Masterpiece–Believe, Create, Achieve.
I have included the photo of your wonderful and colorful masterpiece in my Mindful Masterpiece Gallery where it will hang for all to see.
After you sent me your coloring page and your wonderful notes, I felt like I was floating on a cloud. I can’t wait to see the honey bear coloring page too.
Thank you for being so thoughtful and kind, Christopher.
Happy Heart Hugs,
P.S. Download the free printable coloring page, Believe, Create, Achieve, for your child or grandchild. Also suitable for grown-ups to color.
P.P.S. Don’t forget to send in your child’s coloring. I can’t wait to hang more Mindful Masterpieces in this gallery!