“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” Vincent van Gogh
Back in high school, I sure didn’t receive any love from my art teacher. The “C” scrawled on my report card should’ve been my first clue. The teacher then 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 I tossed my sketch pad 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 page on my blog,—Mindful Masterpieces, where I’ll showcase children’s artwork.
Today, I’m thrilled to share eight-year-old, Joplyn’s 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 art work 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 looking 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 my eyes.
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 to my Mindful Masterpiece Page for all to view.
I hope my attempt to shower little minds with praise will encourage and cultivate their God-given talent. That’s when I’ll know my horrible experience was worth it.
“Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body.” Prov. 16:24
And just wait until you cast your gaze upon the Mindful Masterpieces I’ve got tucked away. I’m so….excited, I can barely sit still long enough to write this post. 🙂
Happy coloring, Kids!