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Miranda: Best of Both Worlds

What a creative week! I finally finished overhauling our playroom just in time to finish the first project in WishStudio’s online art playgroup with my 5-year-old son. It took us a few sessions spread over the week to finish our projects. Here’s a peek at a few steps along the way:

I was thrilled with my son’s finished card!

Isn’t is beautiful? I was less pleased with my own piece, which — despite working for at least an hour after my son had finished and skipped off to do something else — I couldn’t get quite right. After cutting out my son’s image for his own card, I was too intimidated to try to cut out the pair of little ones in my own photo, so I opted to retain the background image. But then the balloon color wasn’t right — wasn’t enough of a contrast — so I tried several different layers (poster paint, colored pencil, crayon, oil pastels, you name it!) before ending up with a murky eggplant color.

Even though the outcome isn’t exactly to my liking, it was a wonderful process. Thank you, Shona! I’m grateful for this opportunity to blend creativity and motherhood, rather than complaining about not doing justice to one or the other.

It’s already Thursday and we haven’t yet started on this week’s project. Time to get those smocks on again 🙂

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  1. Looks like you had fun! Sam and I worked a little on this week’s questionaire yesterday. We got through his, but he lost interest when it came to “helping” me with mine. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to work on it more today.

    September 9, 2010
  2. miranda, yours is as lovely and fun as your son’s, just a different mood. i think your perfectionist voice is a little too loud in your ear. 😉

    September 9, 2010
  3. I really LOVE how both of them turned out. I am chuckling over here over how our kiddos whip out their pieces and just walk away while we hang back and AGONIZE sometimes. I need a bit more of that “let it go” action!

    September 11, 2010
  4. loving watching all you guys go through this. i really wanted to take the class as well, but the tiny little bit of sensibility i do possess convinced me that tackling this durign the first few week of Fall term just wasn’t going to work out. i love that sweet picture in your card.

    September 12, 2010
  5. i love being able to *see* you both play 😉 and i love how you let go of the outcome to just enjoy the process. simple wisdom for so many mom moments. xo

    September 12, 2010
  6. oh brilliant. both of them! That is so funny, your son skipped off and you were left struggling – that is so like us adults. Oh, to be free like a child. we can so learn from working ‘with’ them, alongside them. how they trust their process and don’t sweat the outcome and how it works. thank you for playing and sharing this and your insights.

    September 13, 2010
  7. Your son looks like he is an artist in the making. Wonderful picture.
    Your picture is delightful also. A sweet boy helping his sister shows great feeling.

    September 13, 2010

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