I love this colorful and abstract peacock painted by my nine year old daughter. I am so very proud of her and equally happy that she is following in my footsteps, and at an early age! And since I never studied painting myself, it makes me so happy to see my daughter excelling at it.
This is her third oil painting, done from a very dark photograph of a peacock. First, a "study" was done using pastels on black paper, and then she started to work on the painting (with guidance from her teacher) and all its layers. I love the results and especially the non traditional color scheme.
I am looking forward to seeing her develop her own artistic style and I truly hope that in making creativity a part of her life that she will in turn feel a great sense of joy and satisfaction from her pursuits. Of course it's up to her.....no pressure.....well........trying not to put the pressure on anyway!
Of course we sure do want to steer her in the direction of using her amazing gifts, so time will tell. As parents, that's really what it's all about right?. Gently and sort of non-chalantly steering our children down the path that enables them to excel at those things they do best. Come to think of it, I wish someone would do that for me now.......how about you?