My daughter calls her six-year-old daughter, "The Accidental Artist". The reason? Meggie seems to have a real eye and bent for art, but most of what Meg creates she is too much the perfectionist to like. Who knew a child who hasn't even entered first grade could even be a perfectionist!
I want to show you some of our Accidental Artist's work. I don't know. Maybe it's because she's my granddaughter, but I think what she's doing is pretty awesome.
Painting and drawing:
Now, I like the first two a lot, but I love the last one, mostly because of the story that goes with it. My daughter, Melody, was enthusiastic in her appreciation of it, and praising it to Megan.
Megan said, "I don't like it. It's not my usual work."
I can almost see Melody's jaw dropping, but knowing her, she tried not to show too much surprise, just saying, "I didn't know you even had a 'usual work'".
Megan looked at her mom and sighed. "I didn't either. Until today."
I'm still shaking my head, and hoping Megan doesn't let that already strong inner critic have to much play in her head.
But now I'd like to show you what happened when this six-year-old was handed a camera for the first time: